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Councils invite submissions for Te Ahu a Tūranga: Manawatū-Tararua Highway

Friday November 16 2018

Palmerston North City Council has received a Notice of Requirement application from NZTA. The application received on 2 November relates to a new 11.5km State Highway 3 connection between Ashhurst and Woodville to replace the old Gorge Road, to be known as Te Ahu a Tūranga: Manawatū-Tararua Highway.

Photo shows the land for the proposed Gorge replacement route.

The proposed route for the Manawatū Gorge replacement road.

The application covers land in three territorial authorities – Palmerston North City Council, and Manawatu and Tararua District Councils. Palmerston North City Council is handling the project management for the application on behalf of all three councils.

More than 2,600 letters were sent out earlier this week to affected and interested parties. The letters to the residents cover a huge area around the proposed road location, stretching across the Ruahine Ranges from Ashhurst to Woodville.

Submissions are invited under Section 169 (1) of the Resource Management Act 1991. The application is being publicly notified for a statutory 20 working day period between Thursday 15 November to 4pm Thursday 13 December 2018.

A hearing for the application is likely to be scheduled in the first quarter of 2019.

The application details and submission forms can be viewed on a dedicated webpage on Palmerston North City Council’s website: