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  • Tā Mātau Kōrero mō te Tupunga Haeretanga | Our Wider Growth Story

    Our housing situation and other solutions

    Learn more about why we are needing to make changes to create housing solutions. This will help you understand why these plan changes are important and the reason the Government has asked us to move promptly.

    How we got here

    Visit our Housing Challenges page to learn more about the history of our city and how it has led us to our current housing situation. This also covers the Housing and Business Capacity Assessment main report and technical report that was adopted in February 2022. These were required of Rotorua Lakes Council as a tier 2 council under the Government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD). Council also approved the inclusion of Housing Bottom Lines in the District Plan, also a requirement of council under the NPS-UD.

    Planning for growth

    Our planning for growth has already begun. Council developed the Spatial Plan in 2018 to outline how the district will grow, develop and change over 30 years to deliver Rotorua’s 2030 vision and goals.

    Future Development Strategy

    Council is currently in the process of developing a Future Development Strategy (FDS). The FDS will form the basis for integrated, strategic and long-term planning for our district. These types of plans are also known as spatial plans. The plan will enable Rotorua to develop its high-level vision for accommodating urban growth over the long term (30 years).