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Proposed State Highway 3 roading project between Uruti and Ahititi in North Taranaki

Status: Closed
Submissions closed: Tuesday 27 February 2018

The NZ Transport Agency has served a notice of requirement to alter the existing State Highway 3 designation in the New Plymouth District Plan.

Taranaki Regional Council and New Plymouth District Council also received resource consent applications for this project. The two consent authorities jointly heard the applications.

The notice of requirement and resource consents were public notified under the Resource Management Act 1991 on 27 January 2018.

Submissions closed on Tuesday 27 February 2018. Thank you to everyone who gave us their feedback. 
Here is a breakdown of the submissions received:


  • Total submissions received (not including late ones): 1177
  • Supporting submissions: 1154
  • Opposing submissions: 20
  • Neutral submissions: 3
  • Late submissions: 17
A hearing was held over nine days, commencing on 1 August and formally closing on 6 November 2018. A number of submitters spoke in support of their written submissions and many technical experts provided evidence. Documents associated with the hearing process are available below.

On 7 December 2018 Hearings Commissioner Stephen Daysh provided:

  • Decisions on resource consents (one from NPDC under the National Environmental Standard for soil contamination, and 58 consents from TRC). The applicant and all submitters of these decisions have been notified and a 15 working day timeframe applies for appeals on the resource consents, to the Environment Court.
  • A recommendation to NZTA on behalf of NPDC on the notice of requirement.

On 21 December 2018 NZTA provided their decision on the notice of requirement. Notice of this decision has been served on all submitters and affected landowners.


The decisions were appealed to the Environment Court and a Hearing is scheduled to begin on 15 July 2019.

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