Our community is aware that the management and development of our environment needs to utilise the best practices to ensure the long term well being of our environment. Good resource management requires that the environment is managed, developed and occupied in a sustainable manner that ensures social, cultural, economic and environmental inheritance for future generations.
Sustainability is defined as ‘development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. This is well reflected in the purpose of Local Government as set out in the Local Government Act, “to promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities, in the present and for the future”. It is also translated into other legislation which Council operates under including the Resource Management Act, Building Act, Land Transport Act etc.
Council adopted an approach to sustainability in October 2008. This requires all staff to consider sustainability opportunities in work programmes across the organisation in an integrated and coordinated way.
Sustainable development of Tauranga can be achieved through following the principles of good urban design, which considers the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities.
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