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:

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.

The Taupo District Council (TDC) commissioned ViaStrada Ltd to lead the update to the existing walking and cycling strategy.  ViaStrada director Andrew Macbeth and transport planner John Lieswyn convened three workshops with key stakeholders. The revised strategy proceeded through four draft stages before the TDC staff presented the final draft to Council in September 2008.

ViaStrada produced a supplementary Action Plan with a strong asset management focus to assist Council staff with implementation.  The client praised ViaStrada for producing a concise strategy and was especially pleased with the format and usability of the Action Plan. 

 

The Selwyn District Council (SDC) proposes to revise the District Plan's transport provisions to ensure they reflect the strategic direction of Council. Recent updates and amendments to national and regional policy documents will also be reviewed.

ViaStrada has been commissioned to review the Plan and prepare the resulting Plan Change.

The Selwyn District Council (SDC) proposes to revise the District Plan's transport provisions to ensure they reflect the strategic direction of Council. Recent updates and amendments to national and regional policy documents will also be reviewed.

ViaStrada has been commissioned to review the Plan and prepare the resulting Plan Change.

ViaStrada obtained a non-notified land use consent for the applicants to operate a cafe with less than required parking.

ViaStrada staff successfully obtained resource consent for the Minerva Trust for a new purpose-built pre-school on McFaddens Road, Christchurch.

ViaStrada staff prepared Noise Assessments and Traffic Impact Assessments, and presented planning, noise (Environmental Health) and traffic evidence to an Independent Commissioner for the establishment of a 25 child pre-school on a currently vacant rural-residential property at Campbell Lane on the edge of Oxford, on behalf of Bright Horizons Educare Limited.  Resource Consent was subsequently approved in June 2009.

ViaStrada prepared and lodged a resource consent application, Assessment of Effects on the Environment, and a Noise Assessment for a large new church facility for Lincoln Baptist Church on the outskirts of Lincoln.  The proposal, which was approved by an Independent Commissioner on behalf of Selwyn District Council in June 2009, includes a 500 seat auditorium, an office block and meeting rooms, a cafe, a preschool, a multi-purpose youth facility, a 'Kids for Christ' Sunday school centre, and ancillary areas of car parking and landscaping.