Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Waka Kotahi) aims to create easy, safe and connected journeys across New Zealand’s land transport system. This requires us to manage the effects that subdivision, land use development and access to the state highway have on the safety and efficiency of the state highway network and our other transport infrastructure.
If you are considering a development or activity which may affect the state highway network and/or require access direct to the state highway, we encourage you to contact us early to discuss your proposal. In some cases you may need our written consent to develop land or undertake an activity.
Some examples of types of development you should discuss with us include:
We will identify whether or not your proposal can be supported, or whether changes are necessary to address effects on the transport network. Occasionally the effects may be such that we cannot support your proposal and this will be discussed with you.
It is not uncommon for proposals to require our affected party approval under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), a section 176/178 written approval under the RMA and a new or revised crossing place notice under the Government Roading Powers Act 1989 (GRPA).
If your proposal requires resource consent we recommend discussing your proposal with us prior to submitting your application to Council to avoid delays. It is likely that Council may require you to obtain our ‘affected party’ approval under the Resource Management Act (RMA) if your activity affects the state highway.
If your proposal is located in land designated by Waka Kotahi for a state highway, cycleway or shared path, you are required to first obtain the written consent of Waka Kotahi as Requiring Authority under sections 176/178 of the RMA if your development or activity would prevent or hinder existing or future works. Waka Kotahi will determine if your works prevent or hinder existing or future works.
If your property is on a ‘limited-access road’, vehicles and stock can only access the road from an 'authorised crossing place'. These are issued under the Government Roading Powers Act 1989 (GRPA) by Waka Kotahi.
Once we receive your application you will receive an acknowledgement confirming receipt of your application. We aim to process your application in a timely manner; typically within 20 working days. Applications can take longer to process if they are complex or we require further information. Our assessment of your proposal will be free of charge.
To assist us assess your application, please include the following information (this is included on the form):
The Environmental Planning team will be happy to discuss your proposal with you at any stage of the process. Email us at email@example.com