Public engagement has helped to inform the development the Northern Corridor project since 2014. At each stage of the project’s development the Transport Agency can demonstrate how stakeholder, iwi and community feedback has influenced key design decisions (see a short history below).
The next step is for the EPA to run a public submission period in 2017, prior to the resource consent hearing, during which people can make submissions about the project. During this time the NCI project team will hold complimentary drop in information days, where community members can come and talk to the team about the design that has been submitted. More information will come soon with dates.
Following the issuing of consents, later in 2017 and 2018, stakeholders, iwi and the community will once again be invited to provide feedback and contribute to the detailed design process, both before and during construction.
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In June 2016 the Transport Agency was able to announce it had completed its two year investigation, planning and business case process, including gaining approval from its board for the overall draft alignment plan (an output of the final Detailed Business Case (DBC).
The draft alignment plan confirmed which previous option/s shown in earlier consultations were approved to proceed into the resource consenting phase and be developed into more indepth design and engineering plans that considered safety, engineering and construction requirements.
To help inform this work prior to lodgement of consents at the end of 2016, the project team sought further stakeholder and public feedback on several detailed topics:
All households and businesses on the North Shore north of Glenfield and the wider Rodney area were posted a newsletter with a request to complete an online or hard copy survey or visit us at one of 8 open day events. Meetings were held with property owners and stakeholder groups.The survey closed on Friday 22 July 2016.
In response to this consultation, more than 485 people completed feedback forms, and the project team connected with an additional 800 community members at our public events and drop-in sessions.
An overview of the key themes that emerged during the 2016 consultation period, and how they influenced the final design submitted for resource consent, are outlined in this poster.
In August 2015 the short listed design plan option/s from the project’s Indicative Business Case (IBC) were announced for further community consultation and feedback. The public submission period for feedback on these designs closed on 18 September 2015. A brochure outlining the plans and asking for feedback on specific design aspects was mailed to households and businesses around the wider project area, local stakeholder groups and property owners were invited to one on one meetings, six open day events were held in different locations, and an online form was made available for the public to send in.
More than 1200 people had their say during this period, either visiting us at one of our six events, phoning, emailing or dropping by our Infohub office.
In particular, this consultation focused on inviting feedback on several specific topics:
This consultation was held in partnership with Auckland Transport to progress ideas and consult on all these aspects.
Community feedback received during this period was combined with other stakeholder feedback and further technical analysis to help inform the draft alignment plan and Detailed Business Case (DBC).
To read a summary of feedback themes from 2015 and how they have influenced the next stage of design, see this poster [PDF, 258 KB].
You may have also seen our team out and about supporting Auckland Transport at several New Network bus route consultation events on the North Shore in July 2015. At these events our team helped to explain how the proposed new bus routes would benefit from the Northern Busway extension being scoped in our project. You can view an archived copy of Auckland Transport’s New Network information and our supporting flyer from these events below.
Auckland Transport will report back to the community on its new network over the next few months. The NZ Transport Agency will combine the Busway extension feedback received with the results of our next September 2015 consultation to help inform our final design plans to be tabled later this year.
In 2014 the initial range of multiple options proposed for the Northern Corridor project and Busway were announced and discussed with stakeholders, iwi, local businesses and residents and the wider community at a series of public events. More than 500 submissions were made and this feedback along with further detailed analysis and geotechnical work was used to help the project team further narrow down the options put forward in 2015.