Notice of Requirement
A Notice of Requirement (NoR) to designate land for the proposed road corridor will be lodged later this month with the Manawatū District, Palmerston North City and Tararua District Councils. The NoR is a critical step to obtain statutory Resource Management Act (RMA) approvals to authorise the proposed new road across the Ruahine Ranges.
The designation we are seeking will:
· identify the land corridor within which the proposed road will be constructed;
· provide a framework within which the design of the new road and any mitigation must occur;
· provide certainty for the community and affected landowners about location and the nature of the works, and
· protect the designated land from activities that may compromise the proposed work.
Once we have lodged the NoR, the local councils (Manawatū District Council, Tararua District Council and Palmerston North City Council) will publicly notify the documentation and allow people and groups to lodge submissions with the councils. A public hearing will then be held where the NZ Transport Agency and all submitters are able to be heard.
Following the designation process, additional RMA consents will need to be obtained from Horizons Regional Council to authorise works such as earthworks, discharges to ground and water, as well as works in streams and rivers. These consents will be applied for once the detailed design of the project has been developed.