BBO were engaged in early 2006 by the Hamilton City Council to prepare and lodge a resource consent application for a New Zealand round of the ‘V8 Supercars Championship’ on a street circuit in Hamilton. The process in Hamilton was initiated in the wake of a failed attempt to gain resource consent for a streetrace in Auckland, and following a withdrawl of a proposal to lodge an application for a streetrace in Wellington. The outcome of these failed bids was widespread criticism within New Zealand and Australia, much of which was levelled at the resource consent process. The Hamilton resource consent was commenced with this negative background and publicly expressed view by V8 Supercars organisers that if New Zealand could not deliver a consented streetrace this time, it would be the end of the New Zealand round of V8 Supercars. John Olliver was responsible for managing the resource consent application, with support from a number of BBO planning and engineering staff.
BBO’s role began with the preparation of the resource consent application, commencing in March 2006 with the application being lodged in August 2006. BBO provided all planning and resource management inputs and co-ordinated the environmental assessment process including securing and managing specialist sub-consultants in the fields of transportation engineering, acoustics, landscape, visual and arboriculture. BBO also engaged in extensive community consultation including public open days, extensive correspondence and newsletters, separate meetings with 110 property owners and occupiers immediately adjacent to the track, media releases, and innovative use of the Council website to provide updated information for the public.
The commissioner released his decision to grant consent on the 20th November 2006 and no appeals to the Environment Court were lodged. BBO were subsequently engaged to provide detailed designs for the track and ancillary structures including pedestrian overbridges.