Transport planning and policy

ViaStrada provides a range of transport planning services, with a particular emphasis on safe and sustainable solutions. Some of our areas of expertise include:
  • School travel planning
  • Strategic business cases
  • Planning for walking and cycling networks
  • Transport legislation and regulations
  • Future transport trends and "mobility as a service"
  • Parking management
A selection of recent relevant projects is shown below:

Reduced traffic speeds have been shown to improve central city liveability and street activity levels. This 2011 ViaStrada project suggested the boundaries, specific techniques, design concepts, and implementation steps needed to create a pedestrian-friendly "slow core" for Christchurch. A new 30km/h slow core has now been implemented in 2016, largely mirroring the area suggested by ViaStrada.

This study focused on enhancing the walkability of the Greymouth Town Centre.  The comprehensive final report covered high level strategic planning through to detailed recommendations for site specific design investigations.

 

ViaStrada assisted CCC in reviewing options for rapid public transport services to various Christchurch suburbs and provided advice on central city PT modes, routes and station locations.

Christchurch City Council (CCC) as part of the Christchurch Transport Plan (CTP) process commissioned ViaStrada to develop a GIS based cycle network. The development focus was on creating a contiguous level 1 (novice riders) and level 2 route (basic traffic skills) network. This was to align with the Christchurch Transport Plan (CTP).

Did you know that the Christchurch City Plan requires Resource Consent for any new outdoor advertising on buildings that adjoin Important Open Spaces such as the Christchurch Cathedral Square?

ViaStrada has recently obtained Resource Consent for this type of development on the Grant Thornton building in Cathedral Square, which included assessments on the heritage and visual amenity effects of the proposed signage. Please contact our planning staff to discuss your next signage project.

ViaStrada prepared and lodged a resource consent application for the expansion of the existing Doctors on Riccarton medical facility into a Living zone at 183 Riccarton Road. The Council issued resource consent in September 2010 on a non-notified basis (i.e. without the need for limited or public notification, and without the need for a Council hearing).

ViaStrada recently obtained resource consent for the erection of a 36m2 advertising billboard at Westfield Riccarton. Our involvement included the preparation of the initial resource consent application, preparation of expert evidence and attendance at a Council hearing.

 

ViaStrada has provided transport planning advice to the Christchurch City Council with respect to the transport-related provisions in the Christchurch City Plan to support the Central City South Master Plan. The master plan was adopted by Council in May 2009 and established the main characteristics (desired outcomes) that Council is seeking to encourage for the precinct. The desired outcomes focus on achieving mixed use development (especially residential, commercial and retail land uses) with high levels of urban amenity, active street life and reducing the dominance of motor vehicles.

ViaStrada has provided technical assistance to the Christchurch City Council with respect to its review of transport-related provisions in the Christchurch City and Banks Peninsula Proposed District Plans, in preparation for their combined review.

After extensive planning, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun construction of a nine-year, $700M+ series of projects, the Christchurch Roads of National Significance (RoNS).

ViaStrada produced a discussion document identifying various principles to clarify and standardise the CCC's position on RoNS and helped CCC staff and other stakeholders understand the complex inter-relationships amongst the many projects.