Transport

This topic looks at transport provisions in the District Plan, which control matters including site access, parking, activities in the road corridor and the effects of significant land developments on the wider transport network. The District Plan does not control things like parking time limits, speed limits or the provision of public transport services.

Key Issues:

  • The District Plan currently controls things like minimum road widths, vehicle crossings, and footpaths. In some instances, such as some recent higher density greenfield subdivisions, accessibility is compromised by road and access layouts that are too ‘tight,’ resulting in insufficient space for footpaths, wheelie bins, on-street parking and manoeuvring
  • The current District Plan does not adequately manage high traffic generating activities or require Integrated Transport Assessments (ITAs) for these activities when proposed. An ITA is a detailed assessment of how new development could impact on the operation of the wider road network and what contribution the development should make to any upgrades. As such, the  congestion effects of some new large activities may not have proper consideration and management
  • The current District Plan also contains technical standards covering matters like minimum separation distances between vehicle crossings, parking space dimensions and sight lines at railway crossings. Some of these standards are no longer the best practice and need reviewing.

What We’re Thinking:

  • Introduce revised minimum road and subdivision layout requirements
  • Introduce more comprehensive provisions covering high trip generating activities, for example, entering and exiting supermarkets, and require integrated assessments to be provided when proposed
  • Update the technical standards to current best practice.

Relevant Information:

waimakariri.govt.nz/districtdevelopment
waimakariri.govt.nz/dpr-transport-and-utilities