Eastern Urban Lands (EUL), Taupo


Taupo District Council

East Urban Lands (EUL) is a remnant 180ha site sitting between the existing town edge and the recent State Highway 1 town bypass. The Taupo District Council purchased the land as part of the bypass project.

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Common Ground were asked to shape a development framework that could deliver “an inspirational and affordable living environment” at a time of escalating house prices, whilst contributing positively to the overall visitor experience.


Following a robust land analysis process, Common Ground elected to utilise the network of ancient, but neglected, pumice drainage gullies that traversed the site to establish an open space framework and development character precincts. From this a series of urban design overlays helped establish a simple but robust movement network, the distribution of residential density and the location of mixed use centres.


The EUL concept was rigorously tested by infrastructure and financial experts through the land use consenting process ­– confirming that the development would become one of the major catalysts for the wider economic regeneration and re-development of the District.

  • Design Direction
  • Urban Design
  • Concept Design
  • Feasibilities
  • Masterplanning
  • Urban Design Guidelines
  • Landscape Design
  • Architectural Typologies
  • Consultation & Stakeholder Engagement

Project Value:

$NZ 450M (2008) = $NZ500M

Value of Services Provided:

$NZ 550,000

Added Value:

  • Integrated design and development service
  • High level of commitment over an extended period of time
  • Extensive consultation and a collaborative approach with multiple stakeholders
  • Using development to resolve wider structural constraints and issues for Council
  • Masterplan for over 2,000 houses
  • New transport infrastructure route to complete and integrate existing networks
  • New commercial centres including Technology Hub
  • Plan Change adopted
  • Land Use Consents granted (2010)
  • Stage 1 (Tauhara Ridge residential development) constructed 2012 – refer specific project sheet