Community drop-in session at Mata Hall
During our first session this year, we had some productive conversations with landowners, project neighbours and local residents and gathered their feedback on the emerging preferred corridor.
In addition, 15 people completed the feedback form and 19 comments have so far been left on our interactive digital mapping tool, Social Pinpoint.
We are continuing to look at the feedback as the project develops; however, we have identified some emerging themes including:
• Landowners want certainty on property impacts and want to know the timeline (if their property is affected)
We acknowledge that potential property impacts and uncertainty can create high levels of stress within the community. We are working hard to confirm the preferred corridor and expect to communicate with landowners between mid-late 2021 with more certainty on individual property impacts.
• Locals want to know what’s happening with the Loop Road project, and how it will interact with the four-laning
The roundabout at Loop Road is designed to connect with the upgraded four-lane highway. What the design team is currently assessing is the crossing location over Otaika Stream to ensure that the bridge structure planned for Loop Road works together with what will be needed for four-laning.
We expect to have more detail on how the four-laning project will interact with Loop Road in the coming months.
• Specific questions regarding intersection design and state highway access
We’re aware locals have many questions about access to SH1 with an upgraded four-lane highway.
The addition of a centre median barrier will deliver significant safety improvements, but it will mean access to properties, businesses and local roads along the corridor will change.
Our designers are working on how multiple intersections and access points will interact with the state highway. In the case there are multiple options, our project team will host targeted engagement with residents in that area to help inform the best option.
We will continue to gather feedback over our next events at The Hub Information Centre this Saturday, and Northland Field Days next week.
If you can’t make either of these sessions but would still like to share your feedback, we encourage you to visit our interactive digital mapping tool Social Pinpoint.