Airport to Botany Rapid Transit

Where are we now?

We have lodged Notice of Requirement documentation with Auckland Council to protect the land we need for future Airport to Botany project (as part of the Southwest Gateway Programme). Public notification of lodgement is anticipated to take place at the end of February 2023. Public submissions will close one month later at the end of March 2023.

Route protection is a planning process to identify and protect land for a future public work, such as a transport project. Route protection is not intended to finalise the exact detail of the future transport project – this is refined during future stages. 

Route protection provides a high level of corridor protection and longevity. It also gives property owners, businesses and the community certainty on where transport routes will be located, which helps people make informed decisions about their land and its development. The benefits of route protection include: 

  • Allowing for major infrastructure to be implemented at the right time 
  • Provide opportunities to work with developers to obtain more affordable transport solutions 
  • Provides opportunities for infrastructure integration  
  • Enable land to be ready for public work so opportunities are not lost 
  • Reduce future cost risks.

The Notice of Requirement Process

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Graphic showing the process for Notice of Requirement

The Notice of Requirement process

The public hearing and appeals process

Following the public submission period which we anticipate will close at the end of March 2023, a public hearing will be held where the requiring authority (Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency or Auckland Transport) and all submitters are able to be heard. Auckland Council will make a recommendation as to whether or not the designation should be confirmed in the Auckland Unitary Plan (with or without modification to the conditions) or be withdrawn.

There will be an opportunity for any submitter to appeal Auckland Council’s decision. Appeals are lodged with the Environment Court. Auckland Council will contact you directly and invite you to make a submission on the proposed designation. Included in this this information will be details on how you can request a ‘Friend of the Submitter’, an independent planner appointed by Auckland Council to help you with:

  • Completing submission documents correctly
  • Understanding the process
  • Bringing people with common interests together for the purpose of group representation and mutual assistance
  • Advise on where information on the proposal can be found, and how the information is structured.

The Airport to Botany project is expected to be fully constructed at least 15 years from now, depending on the project being funded for delivery.

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