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June 04, 2020

We’ve been thinking….Sophia Chen, a Senior Transportation Planner, at Flow shares her thoughts with us about the “effects” of projects from a transportation planning and traffic engineering point of view. “As transportation engineers and planners, we prepare Transport Assessments to support our client’s resource consents and plan changes applications.  We need to understand the consent processing under the RMA and in particular its effects-based planning approach and what the RMA seeks to achieve.

We need to know:

  • what categories of planning activities are classified under the RMA
  • what is required for each category in our effects assessment
  • what transport matters trigger which type of consent
  • what matters the Council has discretion
  • what consent conditions the Council may impose
  • We seem to have a difficulty with understanding the subtle differences between the levels of adverse effects. Do you know, from a transport point of view, the differences between ‘negligible, less than minor, minor or no more than minor, more than minor and significant’?

Do you consider in your assessments that effects can be:

  • temporary
  • permanent
  • past, present, future
  • potential with a high probability
  • potential with a low probability but high impact

Do you also consider the positive effects of your project? Of course, we should assess the adverse effects.  But equally important, is to outline the positive effects if the project does have some.  Don’t be hesitate to be positive!”

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We’ve been thinking …..Michael Jongeneel, shares his thoughts with us about transport equity across Auckland, using Census travel to work data. “It seems that cycling to work has grown rapidly within central Auckland over the past few years, but other parts of the city are being left behind. Many of those areas where cycling rates are falling are the areas that most need healthier, lower cost travel options. How can we do more to bring cycling to those communities that need it most?” At Flow, we can discuss with you the various ways to encourage more cycling through education, infrastructure, encouragement and enlightenment!

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