How we move projects forward

Find out about the process our projects go through and how we approach decision-making.

Our projects will have major impacts on our communities, businesses, the transport system, and how people live and get around. They will shape the city and region’s growth for decades to come.

Our plan is large, complex, and ambitious. We have not seen this scale of transport investment before and this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the city and region.

Decision making and considering dependencies

There are many dependencies between our projects and other projects being developed by our programme partners outside of Let’s Get Wellington Moving.

We know that Wellingtonians want us to get on with these projects, but it’s important we explore options thoroughly, and that we can show value-for-money for the large public investment involved.

So we take time to investigate and plan carefully from the start. We also work closely with our partners, our stakeholders and the community, as each project is developed, consented and built.

Each project will have a different process it must go through, depending on its size, impacts, and what kind of approvals and consents it requires. But in general, projects must go through a five-step process:

  • Step 1: Project scoping
  • Step 2: Initial investigation
  • Step 3: Detailed investigation
  • Step 4: Design and consenting
  • Step 5: Build

What happens during each step?

Step 1: Project scoping

Initial discussion takes place about the opportunity or the problem we’re trying to solve, followed by:

  • Defining the project’s objectives
  • Exploring various areas to see which one would allow us to achieve the project’s objectives while keeping to budget
  • We start conversations with our mana whenua partners
  • Public engagement – people are asked to provide feedback on our plans.

The work is then shared with funding partners for approval to move to the next step.

Step 2: Initial investigation

A preferred option is confirmed, meaning:

  • Work is done to make sure the preferred option meets project objectives and is affordable
  • General area of where the work can happen is defined
  • We continue working with our mana whenua partners, and
  • People are asked to provide feedback on the preferred option.

The work is then shared with funding partners for approval to move to the next step.

Step 3: Detailed investigation

The details of the preferred option are narrowed down, including:

  • Project route with general road width and location
  • The look and feel of the area (initial designs are done)
  • Ensuring resources are available for the project
  • Identifying potential impacts to the local community in the area

We ask the public to provide feedback on our plans.

The work is then shared with funding partners for approval to move to the next step.

Step 4: Design and consenting

Detailed design is completed to confirm project details:

  • design elements such as greenery, paving and street furniture
  • construction designs for the builders, including road width
  • consenting where required
  • to finalise project costs

We start working with those impacted, such as property owners.

Mana whenua partners are involved in the final design.

The final design is shared for feedback with those living in the area affected by the work.

The work is then shared with funding partners for approval  to move to the next step.

Step 5: Build

Construction starts. Throughout, we work with the local community to minimise the impact of construction on the area.

Constant monitoring is undertaken to ensure everything is going as planned, and we refine where possible.

Construction finishes and infrastructure is open to the public.

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