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Spaces in contention in the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region: Special Housing Areas and public consultation

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This report is concerned with three questions.

Firstly, the nature of public consultation that has occurred around the establishment of Special Housing Areas (SHAs) in the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region and secondly, whether that consultation has affected decision-making about SHA developments. More broadly, this report is also concerned with what the SHA consultations tell us about people’s views about our homes, towns and cities. These are important questions because, despite the lack of requirements around public consultation for SHAs, the principles and practice of participation are embedded in New Zealand’s planning processes. Consequently, people expect to be able to voice their opinions on, and affect, decision-making about residential developments.

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