Naming and Numbering a Right Of Way (ROW)
Since the adoption of the Council’s Rural and Urban and Addressing Policy in 2012, all rights of way have been numbered in accordance with the Policy using the shared access bar numbering system. The bar numbering system has caused a number of problems over the years including emergency service personnel not being able to find properties in an emergency.
The current Policy also allows for rights of way to be named by the developer; however the properties need to be numbered off the public road that they adjoin.
It was recommended to Council that it adopt the Land Information New Zealand recommendation for naming/numbering rights of way until such time as the Rural and Urban Addressing Policy is reviewed. The Council passed the following resolution at their meeting on the 29 October 2015:
THAT THE COUNCIL RESOLVES TO NAME AND NUMBER ALL NEW RIGHTS OF WAY AS FOLLOWS:
- SIX OR MORE LOTS OR POTENTIAL FOR PROPERTIES ON THE RIGHT OF WAY TO BE SUBDIVIDED IN THE FUTURE RESULTING IN SIX OR MORE PROPERTIES. NAME THE RIGHT WAY USING THE ROAD TYPE ‘WAY’ AND NUMBER AS PER A NORMAL ROAD. THE ROAD SIGN IS TO HAVE ‘PRIVATE ROAD’ WRITTEN UNDER THE RIGHT OF WAY NAME.
- FIVE OF LESS TO BE NUMBERED OFF THE ROAD THAT THEY ARE ACCESSED OFF USING THE ALPHA SUFFIX NUMBERING SYSTEM.
THAT THE COUNCIL REQUEST THAT A LETTER BE SENT TO PROPERTY OWNERS ON EXISTING RIGHTS OF WAY INFORMING THEM OF THE CHANGE. THE LETTER NEEDS TO EXPLAIN THE CRITERIA THEY WILL NEED TO MEET IF THEY WISH FOR THE RIGHT OF WAY THEY LIVE ON TO BE NAMED AND NUMBERED USING THE NEW SYSTEM. THE CRITERIA IS AS FOLLOWS:
- THE REQUEST TAKES THE FORM OF A PETITION SIGNED BY AT LEAST 80% OF THE OWNERS WHOSE PROPERTIES FRONT THE RIGHT OF WAY.
- THE NAME SUGGESTED BY THE APPLICANT’S MUST BE ACCEPTABLE TO COUNCIL IN TERMS OF THE CRITERIA FOR NAMING ROADS/RIGHTS OF WAY.
- THE APPLICANTS OR PETITIONERS AGREE TO MEET ALL COSTS AND DISBURSEMENTS INCURRED BY COUNCIL (INCLUDING COSTS OF SIGNS, RENUMBERING, ADMINISTRATION ETC).
As outlined in the resolution, rights of way can be named and numbered with the agreement of neighbours on the right of way. This opportunity is purely optional. For the opportunity to be taken up the Council requires:
- A petition signed by 80% of the land owners on the right of way approving the re-numbering and naming of the right of way
- a Road Naming application form suggesting three names for the right of way in accordance with the Council’s Rural and Urban and Addressing Policy
- an undertaking to meet all the costs related to the naming and numbering.
A letter has been sent to all landowners who have the opportunity to name their right of way in December 2015.
Refer to the section 3 of the Council’s Rural and Urban and Addressing Policy (note that the application form is Appendix 2 of this policy) with regard to the requirements for a right of way name. In brief:
- three names must be provided
- the name must be less than 15 characters and be of practical length in comparison to the length of the road (so that the name can be easily displayed on maps)
- the name must not duplicate or closely resemble another existing road in the District
- consideration is given to names that are in recognition of local events or local residents who have made a significant contribution to the community, reflect the topographical features of the area or give recognition to tangata whenua.
Once a road naming application has been received that name has to be approved by the local Ward Committee or Community Board and full Council. For this process to occur quickly and smoothly it is preferable that all information comes to the Council together with a signed petition and road naming application and fee. It may pay to appoint a person from your right of way to be the key contact for the process and manage all dealings with the Council.
Costs related to naming
The Council charges the following fees:
- road naming fee - $540
- purchase road sign - $250 (note: additional installation costs apply)
Other possible costs:
- updating details with all parties from whom mail is received.
For any further questions please contact Scott Rose, Planner on 030 314-0047 or firstname.lastname@example.org