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Shelly Bay

Shelly Bay

Updated 7 October 2021 11:25am

This consent is not open for submissions.

Consent application granted by Wellington City Council

Resource consent for the development was granted in October 2019. In November 2020, Wellington City Council (WCC) adopted the Key Commercial Terms for the proposed sale and lease of WCC-owned land at Shelly Bay. For more info, visit the WCC website.

Consent application with Greater Wellington has been re-lodged

The original consent application was withdrawn, but a new application was lodged on 9 September 2021. On 1 October we requested more information, and a copy of the letter is available here.

This page will be updated when new information is available.

What is the consent application for?

  • Land use consent for earthworks exceeding 3,000m2.
  • Operational discharge of stormwater once the development is complete.
  • Stream works (placement of a new intake structure further up the catchment).

The application documents are available on the right-hand side of this page.

What happens now?

Further information is needed, and the application has been put on hold. Once we’re satisfied that we have all the information we need, we’ll look at the effects that we can consider under the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1991. We’ll then decide how it will be processed:

  • Non-notified consent: if we deem that there will only be minor effects on the environment, and affected parties (who have been identified in relation to the effects) have provided their written approval, then we’re not obliged to inform the community about the application.
  • Notified consent: if the effects are deemed to be more than minor then we will invite submissions from the public.

Please note that decision-making processes regarding resource consents are set out in s95 of the Resource Management Act 1991. For a guide on this process, please see the Quality Planning website.

A notification decision on the consent has not been made yet. Heightened public interest or opposition to an application does not solely determine whether a consent application is notified. Decisions regarding notification are not subject to political direction or influence.

What are the issues?

We’ve been alerted to several concerns, which we’ve summarised below. There are different responsibilities under the RMA, and we’ve listed which council is responsible for each.

Issue Possible effects and mitigation Who's responsible for monitoring it?
Earthworks Discharges from earthworks, including sediment laden stormwater, may need to be managed onsite by implementing best practice erosion and sediment control. A new application is likely to need to be reviewed by external erosion and sediment control experts on our behalf. Greater Wellington
Stormwater discharge Water Sensitive Urban Design measures in the design could ensure stormwater discharging into Evans Bay is of acceptable quality. The application will need to be reviewed by a stormwater consultant. Greater Wellington
Seawall and coastal works We have not received a consent application for seawall works, or works in the coastal marine environment. If consent is required and applied for, we’ll consider the design of the structures guided by the policy direction under the Proposed Natural Resources Plan. Greater Wellington
Little Blue Penguins Effects on Little Blue Penguins will be considered as part of the consenting process. If consents are issued, we’ll include conditions to ensure effects on penguins are avoided. Greater Wellington
Hutt Valley Aquifer Works are unlikely to affect the aquifer in any capacity. Greater Wellington
Road widening We anticipate that there will not be a proposal to widen Shelly Bay road into the Coastal Marine Area. Wellington City Council
Vehicle movements during and after construction Not within the scope of an application with Greater Wellington. Traffic safety is considered by WCC. Wellington City Council
Wastewater overflows We are not consenting wastewater overflows into the coastal marine area. The capacity of the wastewater infrastructure was assessed when WCC granted consent for the masterplan development. Please refer to section 51 - 70. Wellington City Council
Risk of sea level rise Sea level rise considerations are limited to the activities we are consenting. Sea level rise associated effects were assessed when WCC granted consent for the masterplan development. You can see this in the decision document (refer to section 137 – 140). Wellington City Council


For more information on our consenting process visit our resource consent pages.

If you have a specific question about this consent, please email

For information on the WCC consenting process for this development, visit the WCC website.