Providing coverage when it’s most needed.

Client:        Rural Connectivity Group
Sector:       Private
Services:    Property, Planning & Policy

The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) is a funded entity created to build the 4G broadband and mobile cell sites required under the Rural Broadband Initiative 2 (RBI2) and the Mobile Black Spots (MBS) programmes. In July 2019, RCG celebrated reaching a milestone of securing the land needed for the first 100 cell sites to be built, and as of May 2020, 100 of these sites are on air, with 29 of them being completed during the COVID-19 lockdown.

To date, 4Sight's Property team has provided site acquisition services on over 140 of the sites, and that number is growing. This involves acquiring the rights to build and maintain the sites, including background legal analysis, candidate selection, and lease negotiations with both private and public landowners. We provide initial feasibility assessments on parts of the programme and instruct site technical site drawings where required.

As just one of two planning companies involved in the project, the 4Sight Planning team are involved with over 290 sites across much of New Zealand. Our planning services provided to RCG include risk assessments utilising the National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities 2016 and district plans; preparation of and obtaining certificate of compliance and resource consents; engagement of specialists to support consent applications (including landscape, contaminated land and archaeology); preparation of environmental impact assessments for DOC concessions; and obtaining Authority to Modify permissions from Heritage New Zealand. In addition to this, 4Sight's Planning team also provide ongoing planning and resource management advice to the RCG team.

"Response to the livening of these sites has been overwhelmingly positive from local community and council stakeholders and I can’t thank everyone enough for their contribution; it’s been a huge team effort and we’re proud to be providing coverage when it is most needed.

- John Proctor, RCG CEO

Rural Connectivity
Planning & Policy