What is a direct referral process?

RiverLink made a request (that was granted) to Greater Wellington and Hutt City Council to have the resource consents and notices of requirement decided by the Environment Court, rather than the councils – this is called direct referral.  This process streamlines decision-making for large scale, complex applications like RiverLink. It allows every party who made a submission, if they wished, to remain in the proceedings. Many parties took the opportunity to do so and over the next few months the team will work with them to try and resolve (or narrow) their issues before the hearing commences. 

Last updated: 25 Feb 2022
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