Friday, 20 April 2018

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TCDC progress on consenting process for Te Ara O Hei Walk

TCDC progress on consenting process for Te Ara O Hei Walk

Work towards lodging resource consent for Stage One of Te Ara O Hei Walk and a car park at Lees Rd is to be progressed, subject to certain terms being met.

The proposed route of Te Ara O Hei Walk, is from Ferry Landing to the iconic Blowhole site at Te Pupuha Recreation Reserve.

It is proposed that four separate consents are lodged for the various stages of the walk, as some stages may take longer than others to work through with different communities, stakeholders and landowners

"Work to progress these consents, to be ready for formal lodgement is going to take some time," says Ross Ashby, our Council's project manager for the Walks project. "We want to be sure that we have all the information, costings and details complete and that we go through this with affected parties and stakeholders before any formal lodgement takes place," says Mr Ashby.

"So what we are proposing for notification could change and could take longer," he says.

"We are also extremely mindful that there are issues around infrastructure, including water and wastewater that need to be addressed at Hahei, which is extremely high on Council's priority list," he says.

TCDC staff will continue to work with Hahei Residents and Ratepayers around the important issue of Hahei infrastructure.

Meanwhile, once the outcome of the different consents is known, work with community and project partners on the timing and order of any construction works will continue.

The four consents proposed are:

Stage 1A. From the Hahei Village Entrance car park at Pa Road to the Blowhole site. Lodgement of this consent is subject to the management of the Grange Rd/Beach Rd car parks being transferred from Department of Conservation over to our Council. At this stage TCDC are proposing this consent would be limited notified to directly affected parties.

The Lees Road car park, proposed kiosk and associated works, including the central track. Given the high public interest, it is proposed that this consent application would be publicly notified.

Stage 1B, the western track and the walking track along Lees Road through to Stellar Evered reserve to the Purangi estuary. Lodgement of this consent would be limited notified to directly affected parties.

Stage 1C, the track from Purangi to Ferry Landing. Council are proposing at this stage this application would be non-notified.

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