COUNCILLORS have applauded the work done on Blueprint 100 after they voted unanimously to put the plan into action.
The plan looks towards the city's future for at least the next 25 years and sets out a path forward for investment, healthcare, economic prosperity, liveability and growth.
Councillor Glenn Inglis said mayor Col Murray should be proud to be in charge in this term to have put the plan in place
"To have the fortitude to plan long-term aspirations like social and economic futures is not easy," he said.
"This is a red letter day for council and you should be proud as mayor that you are doing this.
"Blueprint 100 accepts and articulates our responsibilities ... we will reach 100,000 at some point, it's not a matter of if, only a matter of when."
Councillor Charles Impy said Tamworth would need the support of the state and federal government to pull off the plan.
"Our community, our region and our city becomes a vibrant and wonderful city to live in and potentially the first regional city to reach 100,000 in NSW," he said.
It's not about pushing the barrel too hard to reach a population target, councillor Russell Webb said, but being ready for when opportunities come to grab the funding grants offered by the state and federal governments and run with them.
It's a better and broader example of having a plan in place to take Tamworth into the future, Cr Webb said.
Councillors felt that the council needed to get the message out to the community that the plan wasn't about pushing for population growth before the city was ready, but for planning for future growth.
"Any councillors dare to approve the plan?" mayor Col Murray joked.
"It's a wonderful and historical achievement and you should all be equally proud," he said.