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 three-step process:

  • Step 1: Investigate
  • Step 2: Consent
  • Step 3: Construct

What happens during each step?


Step 1: Investigate

For major projects, we use a ‘business case’ process based on Waka Kotahi’s approach. This demonstrates to our partner decision-makers why they should invest in a recommended option.

During this stage we:

  • look at different ways to achieve a project’s goals,
  • include what people in the community have told us about what they need and value,
  • suggest initial design ideas for different project options, and
  • analyse each project’s benefits, likely costs, risks and opportunities.

Step 2: Consent

Once a large transport project is developed, it usually needs Resource Management Act (RMA) approval to be built. The RMA looks closely at the environmental and social impacts of the plans.

To get approval we need to:

  • develop detailed designs,
  • listen to people affected and understand more about what the designs might mean for them,
  • get expert analysis of environmental effects,
  • prepare formal resource consent and District Plan applications, and any traffic resolutions required.

Step 3: Construct

If the project receives consent and approval, we can start building.

This includes:

  • developing final detailed designs,
  • receiving tenders and selecting the construction teams,
  • designing building plans that minimise community and environmental impacts during the works, and
  • starting construction.
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