HELPING MOVE WELLINGTON'S MOST SIGNIFICANT TRANSPORT PROJECT FORWARD

Since late 2013, 4Sight has been helping local authorities (Kapiti Coast District Council, Porirua City Council, Upper Hutt City Council and Wellington City Counci) to respond to the processes that flow on from the approval for Transmission Gully, 27 kilometres of new 4-lane motorway due to open in 2020.

The project

4Sight's statutory planning skills are being put to use on documentation which, as a condition of the consent, the council is required to certify. Our work on the project so far has included responding to: 

  • Issues of general accordance;
  • The outline plan and management plans that address specific environmental issues;
  • Enabling work plans;
  • New resource consents for works not originally expected to be a part of the project;
  • Proposed changes to the project's design and consent conditions.

The project requires intensive collaboration between the affected local authorities, and 4Sight plays an active role in making sure that the collaboration is channelled in a way that is both productive and mutually beneficial for all parties involved. 

The approach

4Sight is a key member of the team of council planners. Our approach is to identify and define issues, and then to broker solutions agreed upon between the councils, NZTA and the road builder. To do so requires us to: 

  • Take actions, within defined time frames, set by the approval conditions;
  • Adopt a flexible and responsive approach to time frames, with a goal of moving the project forward;
  • Proactively contribute to solutions for the councils as well as NZTA and the road builder;
  • Match our resources to the ever-changing demands of the project;
  • Work with planners, engineers, project managers and other professionals acting on behalf of the councils, NZTA and the road builder;
  • Take into account a wide range of environmental, engineering, project management and process issues.

The outcome

Though most of it will go unseen by the public, 4Sight's work on this project will aid the construction of a major motorway that passes through environmentally and physically challenging terrain.

Our work will ensure that the project meets its environmental and social objectives, has minimal adverse effects on sensitive natural environments in the area and is built on time, thus allowing it to make transport faster and easier for drivers in the Wellington region.