RiverLink Resource Consents & Notices of Requirement

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Overview

RiverLink involves the construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure and associated works within the Lower Hutt city centre around Te Awa Kairangi to improve flood resilience, transport connections and to facilitate urban renewal and regeneration of the city. Greater Wellington Regional Council (GW), Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Waka Kotahi) and Hutt City Council (HCC), have together lodged Notices of Requirement and applications for resource consents for the RiverLink project. In conjunction with RiverLink, HCC has also received a separate application for a Notice of Requirement for an alteration to the boundary of existing designation NZR1 from KiwiRail.

Project description

RiverLink’s three separate but interdependent projects include:

  • Flood protection (GW) – lowering and widening the Te Awa Kairangi river channel and berms, and raising the height of the stopbanks;
  • Melling transport improvements (Waka Kotahi) - a new grade separated interchange and river bridge at Melling, new intersections with local roads and realignments, enhanced pedestrian and cycle routes and better public transport integration at a new Melling Station (aligned with KiwiRail and GW Public Transport); and
  • Urban renewal and revitalisation (HCC) – supporting urban renewal and revitalisation through improved access from the city centre to and alongside the Te Awa Kairangi through the creation of a promenade, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge, a riverside park to supporting future commercial/retail/residential development in the city.

KiwiRail have also sought a Notice of Requirement for an alteration to the boundary of existing designation NZR1 for the purpose of relocating the Melling line to the south east of the existing location.

Project Outcomes

The outcomes sought by RiverLink are to:

  • Improve the flood protection system between Kennedy Good Bridge and Ewen Bridge in accordance with the Hutt Floodplain Management Plan 2001 and subsequent amendments and alterations;
  • Support the urban renewal and revitalisation of Lower Hutt city centre by promoting Te Awa Kairangi as the centre piece of the city;
  • Improve transport access and safety between SH2 and central Lower Hutt;
  • Provide a fit for purpose, integrated and accessible new Melling Station; and
  • Promote, respect and provide for the cultural significance of Te Awa Kairangi and kaitiaki responsibilities upheld by Mana Whenua.

Notices of Requirement and resource consents

The Notices of Requirement include alterations to existing designations and application for new designations:

  • GW: for the proposed construction, operation and maintenance of the stopbanks, river channel works and the new Melling station and surrounds (including new park-n-ride facilities).
  • Waka Kotahi: for the proposed construction, operation and maintenance of the new Melling interchange, Melling River Bridge, new local road intersections and pedestrian and cycle network upgrades.
  • HCC: for the proposed construction, operation and maintenance of the new promenade over the stopbanks, the pedestrian/cycle bridge over Te Awa Kairangi and changes to car parking and local roads.

In additional, KiwiRail has lodged a Notice of Requirement for relocation of the railway corridor and associated infrastructure.

Land use consents are required for:

  • Earthworks, including in association with road and tracking
  • Vegetation alteration, removal and planting
  • Geotechnical investigations
  • New culverts and extensions and alterations to existing culverts
  • New river crossing structures
  • New habitat features and erosion protection structures
  • Maintenance, repair, replacement, upgrade and/or use of existing structures
  • Demolition and removal of structures in Te Awa Kairangi
  • Bed recontouring and gravel excavation in Te Awa Kairangi
  • Vegetation alteration, removal and planting in the bed of Te Awa Karangi
  • Tracking across Te Awa Kairangi
  • Disturbing contaminated land.

Water permits are required for:

  • Take and diversion of groundwater
  • Diverting Te Awa Kairangi during construction, and
  • Placing structures in the bed of Te Awa Kairangi.
  • Permanent floodwater diversion by stopbanks

Discharge permits are required for:

  • Stormwater discharges during construction
  • Sediment discharges associated with works in watercourses, including within Te Awa Kairangi
  • Discharges of contaminants to air (i.e. dust).

Full details of the application and consents required can been found the in the application.

Statutory Framework

RiverLink has been assessed against the relevant planning documents under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Development of the project took into account relevant National Policy Statements, the Regional Policy Statement for the Greater Wellington Region, operative and proposed regional and district plans. This project has been assessed as being generally consistent with the relevant provisions in these documents.

Application documents

The Notices of Requirement and resource consent applications, including Assessment of Environmental Effects report and all supporting information, can be viewed on this page. Alternatively, hard copies can be viewed at the following places during operating hours:

  • Hutt City Council, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt 5040
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council, 100 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Submissions

Any person may make a submission on this application. Submissions can be made online below.

To obtain a paper copy of the submission form to post or hand deliver to GW, please contact us on 0800 496 734. Any submission form not submitted through this Have Your Say website, a copy of your submission must also be served on the applicant as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission to Greater Wellington Regional Council.


Applicant: Mary O'Callahan

Addresses for service: GHD Ltd, PO Box 1746, Wellington 6140, mary.ocallahan@ghd.co.nz

Greater Wellington Regional Council, PO Box 11646, Manners St, Wellington 6142, Attnd: Manager, Environmental Regulation, notifications@gw.govt.nz

Alternatively, submissions can be dropped off in person at GW and HCC offices during the office hours.

Download a Submission Form or make your submission online below.

Submissions must be received no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday 22 September 2021.

Your submission may become publicly available if a request for it is made under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. As a submitter, you are legally required to provide a copy of your full submission, including your personal details to the applicants.

For guidance on writing a submission and the submission process, you can refer to the Ministry for the Environment's guidance document.

If you have any question about the application or submission process, please contact Environmental Technical Support, Greater Wellington on 0800 496 734 or email notifications@gw.govt.nz

Overview

RiverLink involves the construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure and associated works within the Lower Hutt city centre around Te Awa Kairangi to improve flood resilience, transport connections and to facilitate urban renewal and regeneration of the city. Greater Wellington Regional Council (GW), Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Waka Kotahi) and Hutt City Council (HCC), have together lodged Notices of Requirement and applications for resource consents for the RiverLink project. In conjunction with RiverLink, HCC has also received a separate application for a Notice of Requirement for an alteration to the boundary of existing designation NZR1 from KiwiRail.

Project description

RiverLink’s three separate but interdependent projects include:

  • Flood protection (GW) – lowering and widening the Te Awa Kairangi river channel and berms, and raising the height of the stopbanks;
  • Melling transport improvements (Waka Kotahi) - a new grade separated interchange and river bridge at Melling, new intersections with local roads and realignments, enhanced pedestrian and cycle routes and better public transport integration at a new Melling Station (aligned with KiwiRail and GW Public Transport); and
  • Urban renewal and revitalisation (HCC) – supporting urban renewal and revitalisation through improved access from the city centre to and alongside the Te Awa Kairangi through the creation of a promenade, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge, a riverside park to supporting future commercial/retail/residential development in the city.

KiwiRail have also sought a Notice of Requirement for an alteration to the boundary of existing designation NZR1 for the purpose of relocating the Melling line to the south east of the existing location.

Project Outcomes

The outcomes sought by RiverLink are to:

  • Improve the flood protection system between Kennedy Good Bridge and Ewen Bridge in accordance with the Hutt Floodplain Management Plan 2001 and subsequent amendments and alterations;
  • Support the urban renewal and revitalisation of Lower Hutt city centre by promoting Te Awa Kairangi as the centre piece of the city;
  • Improve transport access and safety between SH2 and central Lower Hutt;
  • Provide a fit for purpose, integrated and accessible new Melling Station; and
  • Promote, respect and provide for the cultural significance of Te Awa Kairangi and kaitiaki responsibilities upheld by Mana Whenua.

Notices of Requirement and resource consents

The Notices of Requirement include alterations to existing designations and application for new designations:

  • GW: for the proposed construction, operation and maintenance of the stopbanks, river channel works and the new Melling station and surrounds (including new park-n-ride facilities).
  • Waka Kotahi: for the proposed construction, operation and maintenance of the new Melling interchange, Melling River Bridge, new local road intersections and pedestrian and cycle network upgrades.
  • HCC: for the proposed construction, operation and maintenance of the new promenade over the stopbanks, the pedestrian/cycle bridge over Te Awa Kairangi and changes to car parking and local roads.

In additional, KiwiRail has lodged a Notice of Requirement for relocation of the railway corridor and associated infrastructure.

Land use consents are required for:

  • Earthworks, including in association with road and tracking
  • Vegetation alteration, removal and planting
  • Geotechnical investigations
  • New culverts and extensions and alterations to existing culverts
  • New river crossing structures
  • New habitat features and erosion protection structures
  • Maintenance, repair, replacement, upgrade and/or use of existing structures
  • Demolition and removal of structures in Te Awa Kairangi
  • Bed recontouring and gravel excavation in Te Awa Kairangi
  • Vegetation alteration, removal and planting in the bed of Te Awa Karangi
  • Tracking across Te Awa Kairangi
  • Disturbing contaminated land.

Water permits are required for:

  • Take and diversion of groundwater
  • Diverting Te Awa Kairangi during construction, and
  • Placing structures in the bed of Te Awa Kairangi.
  • Permanent floodwater diversion by stopbanks

Discharge permits are required for:

  • Stormwater discharges during construction
  • Sediment discharges associated with works in watercourses, including within Te Awa Kairangi
  • Discharges of contaminants to air (i.e. dust).

Full details of the application and consents required can been found the in the application.

Statutory Framework

RiverLink has been assessed against the relevant planning documents under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Development of the project took into account relevant National Policy Statements, the Regional Policy Statement for the Greater Wellington Region, operative and proposed regional and district plans. This project has been assessed as being generally consistent with the relevant provisions in these documents.

Application documents

The Notices of Requirement and resource consent applications, including Assessment of Environmental Effects report and all supporting information, can be viewed on this page. Alternatively, hard copies can be viewed at the following places during operating hours:

  • Hutt City Council, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt 5040
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council, 100 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Submissions

Any person may make a submission on this application. Submissions can be made online below.

To obtain a paper copy of the submission form to post or hand deliver to GW, please contact us on 0800 496 734. Any submission form not submitted through this Have Your Say website, a copy of your submission must also be served on the applicant as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission to Greater Wellington Regional Council.


Applicant: Mary O'Callahan

Addresses for service: GHD Ltd, PO Box 1746, Wellington 6140, mary.ocallahan@ghd.co.nz

Greater Wellington Regional Council, PO Box 11646, Manners St, Wellington 6142, Attnd: Manager, Environmental Regulation, notifications@gw.govt.nz

Alternatively, submissions can be dropped off in person at GW and HCC offices during the office hours.

Download a Submission Form or make your submission online below.

Submissions must be received no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday 22 September 2021.

Your submission may become publicly available if a request for it is made under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. As a submitter, you are legally required to provide a copy of your full submission, including your personal details to the applicants.

For guidance on writing a submission and the submission process, you can refer to the Ministry for the Environment's guidance document.

If you have any question about the application or submission process, please contact Environmental Technical Support, Greater Wellington on 0800 496 734 or email notifications@gw.govt.nz

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