Traffic planning and policy

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.

Andrew, Jeanette and Megan have developed an automatic cycle counting programme for Christchurch City Council (CCC). The project identifies approximate site locations, counter types, time frames and indicative costs.

ViaStrada staff prepared and lodged a resource consent application (which included traffic assessments) for a 29 unit motel complex on a prominent site on the corner of Whiteleigh Avenue and Lincoln Road, Christchurch.

Our staff prepared the original application, and also provided expert evidence to a Council hearings panel, which subsequently issued resource consent in December 2010.

ViaStrada staff successfully obtained resource consent for Heathcote Valley Pre-school Ltd for a new purpose-built pre-school on Port Hills Road, Christchurch. Our roles included a pre-purchase evaluation of the site and advice on traffic and noise issues during the planning stage including the design of the car park. We subsequently prepared and lodged a resource consent application (which included noise and traffic assessments) for the development, and provided evidence at the Council hearing.