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

Schedule 29 Tauranga Innovative Courthouse

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Schedule 29: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

Project referred to expert consenting panel

Heading: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

1 Name of project

The name of the project is the Tauranga Innovative Courthouse (the project).

Schedule 29 clause 1: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

2 Authorised persons

The authorised persons for the project are the Minister of Justice and the Ministry of Justice.

Schedule 29 clause 2: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

3 Description of project

The scope of the project is to designate land for, and to construct and operate, a new courthouse in central Tauranga.

Schedule 29 clause 3: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

4 Description of activities involved in project

The project may involve the following activities:

(a)

preparing the site, including removing or demolishing buildings:

(b)

carrying out earthworks, including bulk earthworks:

(c)

constructing a courthouse and associated facilities:

(d)

constructing infrastructure for roads and parking:

(e)

constructing three waters services and associated infrastructure:

(f)

landscaping, including planting:

(g)

operating the courthouse:

(h)

carrying out any other activities that are—

(i)

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

(ii)

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

Schedule 29 clause 4: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

5 Approximate geographical location

The project will occur at—

(a)

27 and 33 McLean Street, Tauranga; and

(b)

24, 28, 30, and 32 Monmouth Street, Tauranga.

Schedule 29 clause 5: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

6 Further information to be submitted

The following information must be submitted to the panel with any consent application or notice of requirement relating to the project (in addition to the information required by clause 9 or 13 of Schedule 6 of the Act):

(a)

an archaeological assessment of the project site:

(b)

a transport assessment, including an assessment of the impact of the project on the local transport network and the likely demand for parking:

(c)

an infrastructure assessment, including details of—

(i)

the infrastructure proposed for three waters services; and

(ii)

the effects of the project on the capacity of existing Tauranga City Council infrastructure:

(d)

an urban design and landscape assessment, including—

(i)

a plan indicating the anticipated site layout, building envelope, and building design; and

(ii)

a description of the outcomes sought for the site relating to movement of people, on-site amenity, safety and security, and culture and identity; and

(iii)

details of any mitigating measures that will be incorporated into the building design to ensure that the building and its use as a courthouse are integrated with the surrounding land uses, the public–private interfaces, and streetscapes.

Schedule 29 clause 6: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

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 29 clause 7: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

Statement of reasons

Heading: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

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

The Minister for the Environment has accepted this application for referral. The Minister considered the application against the criteria in the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 (the Act) and the Act’s purpose, and sought and considered written comments from the relevant Ministers, the Tauranga City Council, and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The Minister accepted the application for the following reasons:

  • the project will help to achieve the purpose of the Act:

  • the project will have positive effects on social well-being by providing more user-friendly and fit-for-purpose justice facilities:

  • the project will enable approximately—

    • 177 full-time equivalent jobs in total to be provided over a 4- to 5-year design and construction period:

    • 40 full-time equivalent permanent jobs to be provided after that period ends:

  • the project is likely to progress faster than would otherwise be the case under the Resource Management Act 1991 standard processes:

  • any adverse effects arising from the project, and proposed mitigation measures, can be appropriately tested by an expert consenting panel against Part 2 of the Resource Management Act 1991 and the purpose of the Act.

Schedule 29: amended, on 22 October 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 12) 2021 (LI 2021/321).