Decisions on applications for referral to the fast-track consenting process

Update on the status of applications for the fast-track consenting process. 

Status of applications

Received = 16*

Processsing = 12

Accepted for referral = 1

Referral orders made = 0

Not referred = 3

* Excludes two applications that have been withdrawn.

Application decisions

Accepted for referral to the fast-track consenting process

Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project – Project Works and Workers’ Village

Not referred to the fast-track consenting process

Ariki Tahi (Sugarloaf Wharf) Expansion

Victoria University – Te Huanui Project

River Terrace masterplanned residential community

What happens next

If your application has been referred to an expert consenting panel under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020, you need to apply to the Environmental Protection Authority to have your resource consent application or notice of requirement considered.

See Fast-track consenting [Environmental Protection Authority]

Projects accepted for the fast-track consenting process

Clutha Upper Waitaki Lines Project (CUWLP) – Project Works and Workers’ Village

  • Project ID: 2020-009
  • Applicant: Transpower New Zealand Limited
  • Project summary: To upgrade existing electricity transmission lines and associated works; and construct and use land for a temporary workers’ village.
  • Location: In a loop from Roxburgh north to Naseby, Livingstone, the Waitaki (including dams at Aviemore, Benmore, Ohau B and C) and Twizel, and south through Cromwell and Clyde to Roxburgh. The proposed temporary workers’ village located near Roxburgh/ Naseby.
  • Section 17 (Treaty of Waitangi Report): Yes, see Section 17 report [PDF, 230 KB].
  • Reason for decision: 
    The project:
    • offers economic benefits for the Otago, Canterbury and Southland regions 
    • will progress faster than would otherwise be the case under standard RMA processes
    • will result in a public benefit, particularly in relation to facilitating further renewable energy development, emissions reductions by increasing New Zealand’s total share of renewable energy, and increasing the resilience of the national electricity grid in the project area.

Projects not referred to the fast-track consenting process

Ariki Tahi (Sugarloaf Wharf) Expansion

  • Project ID: 2020-016
  • Applicant: Ariki Tahi Sugarloaf Wharf Limited
  • Project summary: Extension of the existing Ariki Tahi (Sugarloaf Wharf) to service the aquaculture industry and a separate recreational boat launching facility and carpark.
  • Location: Te Kouma Road, Te Kouma, Coromandel
  • Section 17 (Treaty of Waitangi Report): N/A
  • Reason for decision: The project has widespread public interest and it is more appropriate for it to go through standard consenting processes under the RMA (as per section 23 (5) (b) of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020) to allow more opportunity for public participation.

  Victoria University –Te Huanui Project

  • Project ID: 2020-010
  • Applicant: Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington
  • Project summary: Two staged development of four sites to construct a 17,000m2 hub including innovation, teaching and research facilities; and a pedestrian plaza and pedestrian link from the Terrace up to the main Kelburn Campus (also providing pedestrian thoroughfare).
  • Location: 320-320A The Terrace, Wellington
  • Section 17 (Treaty of Waitangi Report): N/A
  • Reason for decision: The project has widespread public interest and it is more appropriate for it to go through standard consenting processes under the RMA (as per section 23 (5) (b) of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020) to allow more opportunity for public participation.

River Terrace masterplanned residential community

    

  • Project ID: 2020-003
  • Applicant: Winton Property Limited
  • Project summary: Subdivision to create 751 residential allotments (50 titles will be for affordable housing), and construction of 701 residential dwellings. Construction and operation of a retirement village and private hospital (Northbrook Cromwell Retirement Village). Construction and operation of a neighbourhood commercial centre.
  • Location: Sandflat Road, Cromwell
  • Section 17 (Treaty of Waitangi Report): N/A
  • Reason for decision: The project was the subject of a rezoning private plan change application and was declined by Environment Commissioners on the basis that it would not promote Part 2 of the RMA.  Having the project proceed through the Fast-track Consenting Act will not help to achieve the purpose of the Act (sections 18 and 19).  It is more appropriate for the project to go through the standard consenting process in the RMA (as per section 23 (5) (b) of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020). 
Reviewed:
10/09/20