On 17 June 2013, the Transport Agency lodged RMA consents applications with the EPA for the Basin Bridge project.
On 2 August 2013, the Minister for the Environment referred those applications to a Board of Inquiry for determination. The processing time for the applications is expected to be nine months from public notification.
The Board of Inquiry runs its own process and makes its decision independently of the Environmental Protection Authority and the Minister for the Environment. It will be chaired by retired Environment Court and District Court Judge Gordon Whiting.
More information on the EPA process can be obtained here (external link) .
The Wellington Northern Corridor is one of seven ‘roads of national significance’ that the government has identified as essential state highways requiring upgrading to reduce congestion, improve safety and support economic growth in New Zealand.