Planning for the future of Rotorua - the Spatial Plan Discussion

Consultation has concluded, we are now beginning consultation on the Draft Spatial Plan

The Rotorua Spatial Plan

As a community we need to talk about how we want to respond to population changes and the global and national trends that will influence the future growth and development of our district.

The Rotorua Spatial Plan will be a bold plan that will show how Rotorua will grow and change out to 2050. Driving this is the Rotorua Vision 2030. This is the galvanising force behind the Spatial Plan and all council, that ensures all activity is oriented towards one goal. The spatial plan expresses this Vision spatially. This is not the first such plan - Rotorua started out with a bold vision emerging from the Fenton agreement for a town to capitalise on the area’s geothermal wonders. This spatial plan continues that tradition by building on what we have to propel us forward to the next exciting stage of our district’s evolution.

The Rotorua Spatial Plan will describe a future where the population is significantly larger.

This recognises people will continue to be attracted here by the lifestyle and economic growth, and growth overspill from surrounding areas.

We need your help by:

  • Use the 'Our Places' tool and 'pin' your thoughts to help us understand the potential for our district.
  • Complete the 'Spatial Plan Feedback Form' - A number of questions have been left purposefully open at this point. We need to know from you, and others, what they think.
  • Keep checking on this site for updates and your opportunity to submit on the Draft Spatial Plan.
The main feedback period for the development of the Rotorua Spatial Plan has closed. If you have any further comment please email: letstalk@rotorualc.nz

The next step is to analyse the feedback, combine with research and develop a draft spatial plan.

The Rotorua Spatial Plan

As a community we need to talk about how we want to respond to population changes and the global and national trends that will influence the future growth and development of our district.

The Rotorua Spatial Plan will be a bold plan that will show how Rotorua will grow and change out to 2050. Driving this is the Rotorua Vision 2030. This is the galvanising force behind the Spatial Plan and all council, that ensures all activity is oriented towards one goal. The spatial plan expresses this Vision spatially. This is not the first such plan - Rotorua started out with a bold vision emerging from the Fenton agreement for a town to capitalise on the area’s geothermal wonders. This spatial plan continues that tradition by building on what we have to propel us forward to the next exciting stage of our district’s evolution.

The Rotorua Spatial Plan will describe a future where the population is significantly larger.

This recognises people will continue to be attracted here by the lifestyle and economic growth, and growth overspill from surrounding areas.

We need your help by:

  • Use the 'Our Places' tool and 'pin' your thoughts to help us understand the potential for our district.
  • Complete the 'Spatial Plan Feedback Form' - A number of questions have been left purposefully open at this point. We need to know from you, and others, what they think.
  • Keep checking on this site for updates and your opportunity to submit on the Draft Spatial Plan.
The main feedback period for the development of the Rotorua Spatial Plan has closed. If you have any further comment please email: letstalk@rotorualc.nz

The next step is to analyse the feedback, combine with research and develop a draft spatial plan.

Consultation has concluded, we are now beginning consultation on the Draft Spatial Plan
  • From the Mayor

    11 months ago
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    We are experiencing significant change, progress and population growth in the Rotorua district. People and businesses are choosing in greater numbers to come and live here and we need to provide for on going growth for the future prosperity and wellbeing of Rotorua.

    The challenge is to ensure the way development happens will protect what makes our home special, while at the same time propelling the district forward.

    An essential part of the process is hearing from the community about what it sees as the important issues, what type of development we want, how much and where it should go.... Continue reading

    We are experiencing significant change, progress and population growth in the Rotorua district. People and businesses are choosing in greater numbers to come and live here and we need to provide for on going growth for the future prosperity and wellbeing of Rotorua.

    The challenge is to ensure the way development happens will protect what makes our home special, while at the same time propelling the district forward.

    An essential part of the process is hearing from the community about what it sees as the important issues, what type of development we want, how much and where it should go. To stimulate discussion Council has prepared this document with some initial ideas and what we see as priorities that we should be focusing on.

    There is incredible potential in our district and we want to unlock that. However, we need to think carefully about how that should and this is an opportunity for you to help us continue to shape our district across the next 30 years.

    I look forward to your input and ideas

    Tatau tatau.


  • History - Our first Spatial Plan

    7 months ago
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    More than a hundred years ago, on 25 November 1880 the Fenton Agreement was signed between the Crown and Ngati Whakaue, gifting the lands on which Rotorua city was built.

    Streets, parks and sites for hospitals and schools were laid out and key streets were named after the important chiefs and leaders of Te Arawa.

    In essence, this was the first spatial plan for the city.


    More than a hundred years ago, on 25 November 1880 the Fenton Agreement was signed between the Crown and Ngati Whakaue, gifting the lands on which Rotorua city was built.

    Streets, parks and sites for hospitals and schools were laid out and key streets were named after the important chiefs and leaders of Te Arawa.

    In essence, this was the first spatial plan for the city.


  • How do we want Rotorua to look in the future?

    11 months ago
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    This discussion document is intended to start a discussion about how as a community we want to respond to population changes and the global and national trends that will influence our growth and development.

    This is an exciting time for the district.

    The last 3 years have seen sustained growth and development in the district and a steady increase in population.

    Population gains over the last 3 years have reversed the small population decline across the proceeding 10 years.

    However, growth creates other challenges - most obviously, for our roads and infrastructure - but also in the... Continue reading

    This discussion document is intended to start a discussion about how as a community we want to respond to population changes and the global and national trends that will influence our growth and development.

    This is an exciting time for the district.

    The last 3 years have seen sustained growth and development in the district and a steady increase in population.

    Population gains over the last 3 years have reversed the small population decline across the proceeding 10 years.

    However, growth creates other challenges - most obviously, for our roads and infrastructure - but also in the cost and demand for housing.

    We therefore need to think carefully about the longer term direction of the district and how we look to manage change and provide for future growth to achieve the social, environmental and economic sustainability of the district.

    We have an important role as stewards for the district – Kaitiakitanga.

    Feedback on this document will help us develop a spatial plan which reflects the community’s aspirations for the future of the city, district and its setting.

    The purpose of the spatial plan will be to provide clear strategic directions for the development of Rotorua and the district over the next 30 plus years and beyond, but with the flexibility required to respond to unforeseen change.

    With its focus on how we use land and manage competing demands for space, it will ensure that the district can achieve a more sustainable, prosperous and equitable future.