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When putting together your business case, there are technical requirements that may be relevant to your project that will need to be considered and included.

To ensure you are completing all steps correctly when you are building your business case, follow the tables below.

You will notice that more is required as you get deeper into the business case process. Not all of these steps are relevant for all business cases but it will give you a good overview of what you may need to consider.

These tables outline what these requirements are and where you can go to find the relevant information.

Environment and social responsibility

Business case phase Technical requirements Information
Programme business case Demonstrate how the proposed activity gives effect to the Transport Agency Environmental and Social Responsibility Policy Policy [PDF, 32 KB]
Consider the objectives of the state highway environmental plan when developing and accessing alternatives and options State highway environmental plan
Indicative business case Complete environment and social responsibility screen Screen
Incorporate screen results in the IBC assessment of options summary table template Template
Determine need for preliminary technical assessments and/or baseline monitoring and scope any preliminary environmental or social technical assessments/baseline monitoring required

ESR standard explanation [PDF, 296 KB]

Impact assessment guides will help determine the level of detail required

Detailed business case Update environmental and social responsibility screen

Screen

Refer completed screen

Prepare preliminary technical assessments (if required) Impact assessment guides and the consenting strategy for the project determine level of detail required for environmental or social technical assessments
Prepare consenting strategy Consenting strategy and approvals pathway guide and consenting strategy template

Ensure preliminary design statement incorporates screen results, results of any preliminary technical assessment and consenting strategy including suggested mitigation by:

  • Detailing the philosophy behind optimising the social, environmental and urban design benefits of the option and what treatments may be applied to minimise any negative impacts of the preferred option
  • Identifying the relevant SH Environmental Plan objectives and considering how the option gives effect to these objectives
State highway environmental plan
Scope environmental and social technical assessments to support consenting strategy ESR standard explanation [PDF, 296 KB]
Pre-implementation

 

Ensure design statement is consistent with the relevant objectives of the SH environmental plan and gives effect to Transport Agency design guides

For large projects or projects in an urban area, a statement detailing how the design gives effect to the Urban and landscape design framework prepared to give effect to the Transport Agency's Urban design guidelines 2013: bridging the gap

State highway environmental plan

Design guides

Urban and landscape design framework

Review consenting strategy and update if required N/A
Prepare technical assessments to support statutory applications Impact assessment guides

Integrate environmental and social commitments into procurement process (plans, consent conditions, stakeholder and property agreements, Urban design and landscape framework)

Utilise environmental and social generic specifications

ESR standard

Subject matter specifications

Review Construction environmental and social management plan requirements

Are they consistent with the Agency's guideline for preparing environmental and social management plans?

ESMP guidance
Implementation Review and audit Contractor ESMPs  
Ensure outgoing monitoring requirements are carried out  

Statutory approvals

Business case phase Technical requirements Information
Strategic case Apply planning and investment principles Principles
Programme business case Confirm alignment with integrated planning strategy Strategy [PDF, 245 KB]
Identify the relevant planning and statutory framework Framework
Indicative business case Use ESR screen results to determine need for preliminary technical assessments Obtain copy of completed screen
Scope any preliminary environmental or social technical assessments/baseline monitoring required in accordance with Z19 State highway environmental and social responsibility standard

ESR standard

Impact assessment guides will help prepare the scope

Planners assist in gathering information and attend options workshops Indicative business case
Detailed business case Prepare preliminary planning assessment of relevant planning and statutory framework

Framework

Detailed business case

Prepare preliminary technical assessments (if required) Subject matter impact assessment guides

Evaluate consenting package options and the different decision making pathways

Prepare consenting strategy

If EPA process preferred, refer to NZTA-EPA relationship protocol

Prepare preliminary assessments of alternatives, consultation report and statutory consultation requirements

Consenting strategy guide [PDF, 79 KB]

Consent management

Scope environmental and social technical assessments to support consenting strategy Impact assessment guides will help prepare scope
Pre-implementation Review consenting strategy and update if required. The information (strategy, timing and budgeting) in the consenting strategy should be fed into the project plan  Consent management

Prepare technical assessments to support statutory applications and Urban and landscape design framework (if required).

Refer Z19 State highway environmental and social responsibility standard for further information

ESR standard

Impact assessment guides are available for some subject matters

For Urban and landscape design framework guidance: appendix 2 of Bridging the gap

Design and other guides applicable to technical assessments

Prepare draft assessment of environmental effects (AEE) and statutory applications including

  • RMA section 104 and Part 2 assessment
  • Assessment of alternative locations and methods
  • Consultation report and identify affected parties
  • Prepare a report on any monitoring requirements
  • Draft consent conditions

Templates available for NOR, resource consents for Notice of Requirement, Alteration to Designation, Time extension to Designation

Template for draft consent conditions (model consent conditions tab)

Undertake internal review process (draft AEE and draft consent conditions reviewed by established one agency team as identified in Project Plan: P&I, NO, Legal)  

Submit recommendation to lodge statutory applications to delegated approver (HNO/P&I)

The applications shall be in the name of and signed by the Client. The Project name in the applications must be consistent with SAP nomenclature

 
Ensure that commitments made in applications are reflected in the overall project scope and budgets and monitor approval process  
All documentation from the statutory approvals process shall be made available to upload to the Transport Agency's consent compliance management system (CS-Vue) CS-Vue
Implementation

Integrate environmental and social commitments into procurement process including:

  • Details of the relevant statutory approvals granted, including supporting plans and conditions 
  • Requirement to use and maintain the Transport Agency's consent compliance management system (CS-Vue) 
  • A copy of the Urban design framework (where applicable) 
  • Copies of any Environmental and social management plans for the project that need to form part of the Contractor's Environmental and social management plan 
  • Technical specifications and principal requirements

Subject matter specifications

Principal requirements

For further information contact environment@nzta.govt.nz.

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