Where are we now? Where are we heading?

The Takaanini Detailed Business Case was completed in late 2022. We are now working towards lodging our Notice of Requirement (NoR) documentation with Auckland Council to protect the land we need to make these changes.

Once this is finalised, it will be lodged with either Waka Kotahi or Auckland Transport as the requiring authority. An important part of developing a NoR is consulting with those potentially affected – the community, Manawhenua, businesses, government and community organisations.

A lot of this consultation has already happened but we continue to engage with those potentially impacted by these proposed options.

We are reviewing all of the feedback and determining whether we can incorporate any suggested changes into the proposed options for the project. We are also undertaking more detailed investigations to help inform these options.

The Notice of Requirement Process

Select the image below to view a larger version, or download a copy here.

Graphic showing the process for Notice of Requirement

The Notice of Requirement process

The public hearing and appeals process

A public hearing will be held where the requiring authority (Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and/ 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the designation should be confirmed in the Auckland Unitary Plan (with or without modification to the conditions) or be withdrawn.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.

Feedback on the Takaanini Level Crossing Project

During 2022, environmental and technical assessments were undertaken along with engagement with community, Manawhenua, partners, local property owners, developers, and key community stakeholders to help inform decisions to confirm the proposed options for the Takaanini Level Crossing Removal project.

The project was open for public consultation between 14 August and 26 September and again between 5 November and 22 December 2022 – thank you to everyone who gave their feedback. You can review it by clicking on the feedback summary button below.