Impact on Property
Any major transport project such as those that are part of Let's Get Wellington Moving, can have an effect on neighbouring properties. We acknowledge that announcements about projects can create uncertainty for people who own property or live or work near the proposed projects.
Work on a number of Let's Get Wellington Moving projects is underway including investigation, evaluation and design. This work will involve further consultation with the community and with people who may be directly affected. It will be some time before we know which properties will be affected, and what those effects might be. The next steps in the process are outlined below.
If you are a property owner near one of the proposed projects and would like to be kept up to date on our progress, please sign up for email updates.
Whether you sign up for updates or not, we will get in touch with affected property owners when we have information to share with property owners.
When will you know which properties may be affected?
While investigation, evaluation and design work is underway on a number of Let's Get Wellington Moving projects, it will be some time before we know which properties may be affected.
When this work is done, we will begin to understand which properties may be affected.
Before we can construct any of the proposed transport improvements, Let's Get Wellington Moving will need to apply for and secure resource consents, and have land designated for the construction and operation of each project. At the consent and designation stage for each project, we will know which properties need to be acquired. We will contact people who own potentially affected property during this phase of work.
What happens if a property is needed for a Let’s Get Wellington Moving project?
At the moment no properties are required for Let's Get Wellington Moving. We will be in touch with potentially affected property owners when we have further developed proposals. Please get in touch with us if you have any concerns or questions.
Where a government or local government organisation (such as the Let's Get Wellington Moving partners) requires property for a public work (such as a transport project), a Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) accredited supplier is engaged to carry out the negotiations on the Agency’s behalf.
If a property, or part of a property, is required the organisation responsible for the project will pay compensation on the basis of market value. Market value is not the personal value to the property owner or the value to the project, but is based on an assessment by an independent registered valuer.
In addition to the market value of a property, reasonable legal and valuation fees and moving costs are reimbursed, once these are approved by LINZ. A property owner may also be eligible for additional compensation of up to $50,000, if the property being acquired includes their home (a dwelling that is their principal place of residence). If a property owner has a business located on their land, they may claim compensation for certain types of business loss resulting from the relocation of the business.
In New Zealand, the Public Works Act 1981 defines the process we will need to follow and also entitles affected property owners to compensation. LINZ administers this Act. Further information on the Public Works Act 1981 is available at https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/acquisition-and-disposal-land/public-works
How can I contact you?
We know that Let’s Get Wellington Moving may create uncertainty for people who own property or live or work near proposed projects. If this uncertainty is affecting you, please get in touch with us.
The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project team can be contacted on email@example.com or you can call us, via Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, on 04 894 5200.
I got a letter from you, does this mean my property will be acquired?
No, it doesn’t mean your property will be acquired. We don’t know those details yet. We have released some maps, videos and pictures of what we are proposing, but these are indications of a package of proposals, not designs that are ready to be implemented.
We got in touch because we wanted to let you know what is being proposed as part of the indicative package announcement, reassure you that no decisions regarding detailed design have been made and let you know what the process is from here.
Most importantly, we wanted you to know how to get in touch if you do have any questions and we want to be able to give you updates when we have them. If you haven’t already signed up for our property owner updates, please add your name and email address.
I did not get a letter from you, but I think your proposal will impact on my property.
We have written to people in the area close to some of the proposed improvements, but we know we won’t have reached everyone.
We don’t yet know some details, like the precise route for a future mass transit route. If you haven’t already signed up for our property owner updates, please add your name and email address.
This process has already been going for a while, when will you know more?
The Let's Get Wellington Moving programme began in 2016 with the plan of developing a package of ideas to solve transport problems facing Wellington now and into the future.
So far, we have consulted the community on a set of possible scenarios (in 2017), and now the feedback from those scenarios has helped form our recommended programme of investment (RPI). The RPI was shared with central government due to its scale and the funding challenges it presents. The government’s announcement of an indicative package and funding commitment provides a clear way forward. This means we can now commence more detailed investigation of the elements of the indicative package and how these will work together to deliver on our objectives.
The measures proposed are not quick fixes but major investments in our transport system. It will take a few years to complete the next stages of investigation, evaluation and consultation as a part of the business case phase. We will put our ideas out for your feedback and involve you in the process, particularly if you live in a community that would be most affected.
But while we do this work on the wider package, we need to make a start on moving more people with fewer vehicles. We’re proposing an early delivery programme to help change how we move into and around the city. You can find out more about the next steps here.
If you’re a property owner and have further questions please get in touch