The NZ Transport Agency has welcomed a decision that will see applications for the Northern Corridor Improvements project considered by a Board of Inquiry.
The environment minister has agreed with an Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) recommendation that the project is nationally significant and a Board of Inquiry is the best process to consider the applications.
“The Board of Inquiry is expected to sit later this year and will provide a robust process that enables the agency to build this project as quickly as possible, with great environmental and community outcomes being considered alongside the best value for money,” says Brett Gliddon, the Transport Agency’s Auckland Highway Manager.
The project will help improve connections between the Northern Motorway (State Highway 1) and State Highway 18, along with completing the Western Ring Route, providing an additional choice to State Highway 1, Gliddon says.
It will also improve local roads, new walking and cycling paths and extend the Northern Busway through to Albany Bus Station.
Gliddon says the Board of Inquiry process allows an excellent formal opportunity for people supporting or opposing the plans to have their submissions heard and considered.
Drop in days will be held on March 8 and 15 from 9am-4pm at the Northern Corridor infohub, 33A Apollo Drive.
The project team will be available to answer questions and show copies of the design.
People can also call 0800 NCI PROJECT to make an appointment.
To find out more about the EPA’s public submission process and how to make a submission, visit http://www.epa.govt.nz/Resource-management/nci.
For more information about the Northern Corridor Improvements, information on the drop-in days or to read the application and supporting documents visit www.nzta.govt.nz/auckland-northern-corridor