COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Order 2020

Schedule 5 Molesworth Street Office Development

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Schedule 5: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

Project referred to expert consenting panel

Heading: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

1 Name of project

The name of the project is the Molesworth Street Office Development (the project).

Schedule 5 clause 1: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

2 Authorised person

The authorised person for the project is Primeproperty Group Limited.

Schedule 5 clause 2: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

3 Description of project

The scope of the project is to construct a 12-storey office building that includes—

(a)

retail or cafe space; and

(b)

a lobby; and

(c)

loading bays; and

(d)

a basement carpark.

Schedule 5 clause 3: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

4 Description of activities involved in project

The project may involve the following works:

(a)

works to construct a 12-storey office building that includes retail or cafe space, a lobby, loading bays, and a basement carpark:

(b)

earthworks for the foundations and basement carpark:

(c)

discharges associated with those earthworks:

(d)

dewatering, if works are required below the level of the groundwater:

(e)

works that give rise to construction noise:

(f)

works that give rise to vehicle movements:

(g)

works to provide for lighting:

(h)

any other works that are—

(i)

associated with the works described in paragraphs (a) to (g); and

(ii)

within the scope of the project as described in clause 3 of this schedule.

Schedule 5 clause 4: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

5 Approximate geographical location

The project’s works will occur at 55 to 61 Molesworth Street, Wellington, Lot 1 DP 23575 and Lot 5 DP 1265.

Schedule 5 clause 5: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

6 Further information required

The following information must be submitted to the panel with any consent application (in addition to the information required by clause 9 of Schedule 6 of the Act):

(a)

a heritage report prepared by a heritage expert that considers—

(i)

the location of the site and proposed building; and

(ii)

the heritage context of the site and proposed building, if they adjoin a listed heritage building; and

(b)

a summary of any consultation undertaken with iwi or Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga; and

(c)

a preliminary site investigation or detailed on-site investigation report for a contaminated site in accordance with the requirements of the Resource Management (National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health) Regulations 2011 (the NES), showing how compliance with the NES will be achieved; and

(d)

a design statement, including a statement as to how the proposal achieves design excellence given that the building height exceeds the permitted height, but is within the 15% design excellence allowance; and

(e)

a written approval from Wellington Water Limited, if the proposal involves a discharge of dewatered water or stormwater to the stormwater network during works; and

(f)

an earthworks management plan; and

(g)

any additional information that the Wellington City Council and the Wellington Regional Council would require had the application been submitted in accordance with the standard process under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Schedule 5 clause 6: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

7 No further provision required

No further provision is necessary to give effect to decisions made by the Minister under section 24 of the Act in respect of the project.

Schedule 5 clause 7: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

Statement of reasons

Heading: inserted, on 13 November 2020, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/282).

This statement of reasons is published for the purposes of clause 4 of Schedule 3 of the Act

Having considered the application against the criteria in the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 (the Act) and the Act’s purpose, and having sought and considered written comments from the relevant Ministers, local authorities, and iwi authorities, the Minister for the Environment has accepted this application for referral for the following reasons:

  • the project will help to achieve the purpose of the Act; and

  • the project will offer employment opportunities (up to 14 full-time jobs in the first 18 months and another 200 full-time jobs in the following 30 months). These jobs will be in the construction sector, which has been impacted by COVID-19; and

  • the project will develop an under-utilised site for office space, contributing to a well-functioning urban environment; and

  • the project seeks to promote a vibrant and well-functioning urban environment that is well connected by public transport; and

  • any adverse effects arising from the application (and proposed mitigation measures) can be tested by an expert consenting panel, having regard to Part 2 of the Resource Management Act 1991.