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:

ViaStrada’s planners and traffic planners assisted Akaroa Orchards Ltd to obtain consent for a comprehensive residential development in the L1A5 (Deferred) zone at  Prebbleton. The consents obtained enabled development of the first 9 residential units straight away, with subsequent development occurring as further sewer capacity becomes available. The consent also allowed for the continued operation of an existing plant nursery on the site until the commencement of Stage 2.

The Hamilton City Council commissioned ViaStrada to undertake a review of physical barriers to cycling in the Hamilton central city, as well as identification of current and potential cycle routes.

John, Axel and Jeanette have developed an automatic cycle counting programme for Hamilton City Council (HCC). The project identifies approximate site locations, counter types, time frames and indicative costs.

ViaStrada staff from the Nelson office were engaged to prepare and present expert planning evidence for a Council hearing relating to a rural engineering operation. Despite the Council report recommending decline, the application was granted by a commissioner on the weight of the key expert evidence including expert planning evidence from ViaStrada.

ViaStrada recently obtained non-notified land use consent approval for its client AMP Capital Palms Pty Ltd for an expansion to The Palms Shopping Centre in north-east Christchurch. The Palms is located 4 km from the city's CBD and currently consists of approximately 110 retail tenancies, including the first Reading Cinemas multiplex in Christchurch.

The resource consent proposal sought to build on the successful expansion of the mall in 2003 with a further 32% increase proposed for the shopping centre. The redevelopment will provide for additional retail floor space, enhanced pedestrian connections and mall thoroughfares, and additional on-site car parking. The existing entry plaza of the mall (which was subject to an NZILA Silver award for landscape design in 2004) will be redeveloped to provide opportunities for an enhanced entertainment precinct and gateway to the centre.

Our Nelson office reports a slow pick up in the level of activity involving private developments in the top of the south. The Nelson office is currently working on a number of private projects in Blenheim, Nelson and Tasman with a number of potential development projects in the pipeline.

Staff based in Nelson gave advice on several policy projects. These include reporting on a plan change relating to the use and operation of frost fans on the Wairau Plains (Marlborough) and providing expert evidence on a retail variation to the Wairau Awatere Resource Management Plan.

Westwood shopping centre, a large format retail complex on the southern outskirts of Blenheim, has been granted consent by the Environment Court. Staff from our Nelson office have been providing expert RMA and planning advice to Marlborough District Council on this application over the course of three years.

ViaStrada undertook monitoring of noise from a Nelson pre-school to determine compliance with the district plan noise standards. Monitoring was undertaken by our Christchurch noise expert providing expert assessment and preparing the report.


ViaStrada undertook environmental noise monitoring for a proposed helicopter operation in Golden Bay, Nelson. The proposal involved transfer flights to and from the Naked Possum for users of the popular Kaituna Track. Monitoring was undertaken through our Nelson office, with our Christchurch noise expert producing the assessment and report.