Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency 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 state highway access requests have on the safety and efficiency of the state highway network.
If you are considering a development 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.
Some examples of types of development you should discuss with us include:
We will identify whether or not your proposal can be supported as is, 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.
If your proposal requires resource consent we recommend discussing your proposal with us prior to submitting your application for lodgement to avoid delays. It is likely that Council will require you to obtain our ‘affected party’ approval under the Resource Management Act (RMA) if your activity affects the state highway.
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.
It is not uncommon for proposals to require both our affected party approval under the RMA and a new or revised crossing place notice under the GRPA.
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 Consents and Approvals team will be happy to discuss your proposal with you at any stage of the process - email: EnvironmentalPlanning@nzta.govt.nz
Planning policy manual - covers Waka Kotahi planning requirements
Contact the team at: EnvironmentalPlanning@nzta.govt.nz if you need any further assistance.