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Update: Consent application

RiverLink is a critical infrastructure project for Lower Hutt and the programme to commence this work is important.  With this in mind RiverLink has applied to the Regulator (Greater Wellington and Hutt City Council) to have the designation and resource consent applications referred to the Environment Court. 

This is called a ‘Direct Referral Process’.  This process gives the RiverLink team more opportunity to address issues raised by submitters, and retains the ability of submitters to be heard. 

The submission period closed on 22 September 2021 and more than a hundred submissions were received.

For more information, on resource consents, click here

For more information on the Direct Referral Process, click here

Consent submissions closed

The submission period has closed. If you have any questions on the submission process, please contact: anna.mclellan@gw.govt.nz


For further details, visit: https://haveyoursay.gw.govt.nz/riverlink-consent

Formal notification of the RiverLink project

The RiverLink project is being formally notified which means that Consents for RiverLink have been lodged with Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council to jointly process.

Now is the time for you to have your say on Lower Hutt’s most transformative infrastructure project in the history of the city.  All information is available at: haveyoursay.gw.govt.nz/riverlink-consent.

 

Submissions close on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 5:00pm.

We’ve lodged the RiverLink resource consent application

It’s thousands of pages of information on how we propose to design and build RiverLink. And an essential part of the planning process.

Getting to this stage is a huge milestone involving several years of development, in collaboration with all project partners, including mana whenua Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa Rangatira, creating the foundations for a true project partnership to be realised throughout detailed design and delivery. It’s also involved significant engagement with stakeholders and the wider Lower Hutt community.

RiverLink involves the construction of several significant infrastructure projects within a 3-kilometre section of the Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River, between Kennedy Good Bridge and Ewen Bridge. It includes flood protection, roading and interchange works for State Highway 2 (SH2), a new Melling road bridge, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across Te Awa Kairangi, the revitalisation of our Lower Hutt city centre, and a newly relocated/redeveloped Melling Station. Changes to the location of the Melling railway line in the vicinity of the existing Melling Station are also required.

 

The Notices of Requirement and resource consent applications – the Application

This is an essential part of the planning process to define the designations and regional consent requirements for construction, operation, and future maintenance of RiverLink. In order to proceed with RiverLink projects, appropriate authorisations are required from Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council.

Application process

Here’s an overview of the application process:

  • The application for Notices of Requirement and Resource Consents is lodged.
  • Application publicly notified – once the application is notified anyone can make a submission to Greater Wellington Regional Council, saying whether they support all or part of the Application or they oppose all or part of the Application. If you make a submission you need to decide whether or not you want to be heard in support of your submission – being heard means talking to your submission if there’s a hearing. The submission period lasts four weeks.
  • Hearing – the hearing is where the decision-makers hear from the applicant, Council officers and submitters.
  • Decision - once the hearing is finished the decision-makers will consider the application, submissions and other material, and make a decision on the application. If the application is approved, it’ll include conditions that will need to be met during construction, operation and maintenance. The decision will be provided to submitters.
  • The appeal process begins. This is where the Greater Wellington, Waka Kotahi and Hutt City Council and submitters are given the opportunity to appeal the decision if they disagree with it. If there are no appeals, the next stage of RiverLink can begin.

The Notices of Requirement and resource consent applications – the Application

This is an essential part of the planning process to define the designations and regional consent requirements for construction, operation, and future maintenance of RiverLink. In order to proceed

with RiverLink projects appropriate authorisations are required from Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council.

Application documents

The Notices of Requirement and Resource Consent applications have been lodged with Greater Wellington Regional Council (the Regulator, in association with Hutt City Council). We encourage you to read them and become fully informed.

Greater Wellington publicly notified the application on 25 August 2021 and have called for submissions, so check their website for information and have your say at: haveyoursay.gw.govt.nz/riverlink-consent.

 

Submissions close on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 5:00pm.

More information

We’ll provide information and updates throughout the application process – so check this page regularly to see where things are at.

Don't forget to check our consent application FAQs.

For more detail on the resource consent application process go to the Ministry for the Environment (MFE) website and view Resource consent process for notified/limited notified applications - Flowchart | Ministry for the Environment. Check Everyday Guides to the RMA for more detailed information about each stage - Publications | Ministry for the Environment

Got a question or a comment?

Contact us by emailing riverlink@gw.govt.nz or call us on 0800 496 734.