NZ Transport Agency receives about ten noise complaints each month from people living near to an existing State highway. Complaints investigation can be a lengthy, costly and sometimes futile process. This is because retrofitting noise barriers or low-noise road surfacing is often unviable, leaving complainants dissatisfied. The resulting tension between parties highlights the need for consistent land-use controls; to manage the location of noise sensitive activities and to mitigate reverse sensitivity effects on the State highway network.
To address this, NZTA has published new guidance on noise: Guide to the management of effects on noise sensitive land use near to the state highway network
Please note, the new guide updates and replaces the Transport Agency’s Reverse Sensitivity Policy within the 2007 Transit New Zealand Planning Policy Manual.