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Research Report 673 A review of variability in environmental regulatory requirements for roading construction projects across New Zealand

Published: | Category: Environmental sustainability , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

Anecdotal evidence from recent transport projects suggests that resource consenting processes and resulting environmental requirements can vary from project to project. Ideally, stronger guiding principles would ensure processes were streamlined and provide more certainty for all.

Overall there is reasonable consistency between projects, especially in the areas of the application of technical methodologies to address stormwater and erosion and sediment control aspects. However, there are inconsistencies elsewhere, such as in approaches to ecology.

Findings and recommendations from this review will be published and promulgated widely, to indicate how environmental outcomes are being addressed in transport projects under the current consenting regime and to identify areas where greater consistency could be achieved across consent conditions or management requirements.

Keywords: construction, ecology, environmental impact, erosion control, infrastructure, noise, planning, resource consent, resource management, sediment control, stormwater, transport, vibration.

Publication details

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  • Published: November 2020
  • Reference: 673
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-98-856197-4