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:

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:

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 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:

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:

Other possible costs:

For any further questions please contact Scott Rose, Planner on 030 314-0047 or scott.rose@hurunui.govt.nz