In August 2011, the NZ Transport Agency applied to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for designation and resource consents for the Transmission Gully section of the Wellington Northern Corridor of national significance project (Levin to Wellington Airport).
The NZ Transport Agency applications sought approval to construct 27 kilometres of inland highway through Transmission Gully linking Mackays Crossing in the north with Linden in the south. Transmission Gully is so named because it generally follows the route of the Paekakariki–Takapu Road 110 kV line.
The EPA was set up as part of a governmental move to streamline and simplify the resource consent application process. One of the benefits of the EPA process is the shorter timeframe for considering applications which, therefore, allows outcomes to be known much more quickly than previously. The entire consenting process, using the EPA path, has taken less than a year.
These applications were lodged under the new national consenting process through the EPA.
Summary and guide
- non-technical summary [PDF, 377 KB] of the Resource Management Act (RMA) planning consents assessments for the Transmission Gully project.
- guide to the lodgement documentation [PDF, 2.2 MB]
The New Zealand Transport Agency, together with the Porirua City Council (PCC) and Transpower New Zealand Limited lodged Notice of Requirement and resource consent applications for the Transmission Gully Proposal comprising:
- the Main Alignment (proposed new highway) and the Kenepuru Link Road for which applications were made by the NZ Transport Agency for notices of requirement for new designations and resource consents;
- Two Link Roads that will connect the Main Alignment with the suburbs of Whitby and Waitangirua for which applications were made by the Porirua City Council for notices of requirement for new designations and resource consents; and
- The relocation of 24 transmission towers and strengthening of 10 towers required in order to accommodate the Main Alignment for which applications were made by Transpower New Zealand Limited.
The three applicants presented integrated application documents.
Update on consenting process
On 24 August 2011, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) recommended to the Minister for the Environment that the regulatory consent applications lodged for the Transmission Gully project be directed to a Board of Inquiry as a proposal of national significance.
On 16 September 2011, the Minister for the Environment directed that the regulatory consent applications lodged for the Transmission Gully project be referred to a Board of Inquiry.
In February-March 2012, the Board of Inquiry heard the applications applied for the Transmission Gully project. On 4 May 2012, the Board of Inquiry released its draft decision on the regulatory consents applications lodged for the Transmission Gully project. The Board's draft decision and information on the comments process can be accessed on the EPA website(external link).
On 22 June 2012, the Board of Inquiry released its final decision on the Transmission Gully applications.