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  3. Infrastructure Development Processes
  4. Quality Assurance Information Requirements
    1. QA-1 Resource Consent Application Requirements
    2. QA-2 Works Undertaken By or For a Council
    3. QA-3 Development Works Approval
    4. QA-4 Survey Plan (s223) Approval
    5. QA-5 Final Sign Off (s224c) Application Requirements
    6. QA-6 As-Built Information
    7. QA-7 Bonds and Maintenance Fee
    8. QA-8 Building Consent Considerations
  5. Design Standards
    1. DS-1 General Provisions
    2. DS-2 Streetscape
    3. DS-3 Reserves
    4. DS-4 Transportation Network
    5. DS-5 Stormwater
    6. DS-6 Wastewater
    7. DS-7 Water Supply
    8. DS-8 Public Lighting
    9. DS-9 Network Utilities
    10. DS-10 Natural Hazards & Earthworks
    11. DS-11 Road Zone/Road Reserve Occupancy
    12. DS-12 Building Consent Considerations
  6. Standard Drawings
    1. SD-1 General Provisions
    2. Street design diagrams
    3. T100 Perspective Drawings
    4. T200 Streetscape
    5. T300 Reserves
    6. T400 Transport Network
    7. T500 Stormwater
    8. T600 Wastewater
      1. T601-Manhole - Standard
      2. T602-Manhole - Shallow
      3. T603-Manhole - Ladder and Steps
      4. T604-Manhole - Precast 1050mmØ Lid
      5. T605-Manhole - Entry Fixing
      6. T606-Manhole - Standard and Raised Access Detail
      7. T607-Manhole - Inclined Access Detail
      8. T608-Manhole - Internal Drop
      9. T609-Manhole - External Drop
      10. TT610-Manhole - PE Pipe Connections - Wall Adapter and Pre-Cast Manhole
      11. T611-Manhole - PE Pipe Connections - Stub Flange and In-Situ Base
      12. T612-Manhole - PE Pipe Connections - Electrofusion Coupler and In-Situ Base
      13. T613 Manhole - PE Pipe Connections - Puddle Flange and Pre-Cast Manhole
      14. T614-Manhole - Access Detail in Carriageway
      15. T620-Rodding Eye - Shallow < 2.5m
      16. T621-Rodding Eye - Deep > 2.5m
      17. T630-Property Connection - Standard
      18. T631-Property Connection - Depth > 2.5m
      19. T632-Property Connection - Within Property
      20. T633-Property Connection - Outside Property
      21. T634-Property Connection - Entry to Wastewater Main/Manhole
      22. T637-Lateral Connection - Single Connection to Manhole
      23. T638-Lateral Connection - Two or More Connections to Manhole
      24. T639-Lateral Connection - Single Connection to Main
      25. T640-Lateral Connection - Two Connections to Main
      26. T641-Lateral Connection - Two Adjacent Connections to Main
      27. T642-Lateral Connection - Rear Lot Connection
      28. T643-Mains Connection - Saddle Connection
      29. T651-Bedding and Backfill Details
      30. T652-Anti-Scour Block and Trenchstop
      31. T653-Buildings Near Public Mains
      32. T654-Close Proximity - Retaining Wall Restrictions
      33. T660-Pump Station - Typical Site Layout
      34. T661-Pump Station - Elevation Section
      35. T662-Pump Station - Plan Section
      36. T663-Pump Station - Pedestal Base Plate, Pedestal Mounting, Valve Chamber and Riser Connection
      37. T664-Pump Station - Deflector Plate, Ladder and Plinth
      38. T665-Pump Station - Valve Extension Spindle, Spindle Guide and Handwheel
      39. T666-Pump Station - Cover Slab
      40. T667-Pump Station - Frame
      41. T668-Pump Station - Chamber Lid
      42. T669-Pump Station - Chamber Lid Padlock and Handle
      43. T670-Pump Station - Rising Main Entry to Receiving Manhole
      44. T671-Pump Station - 25mm Water Service Connection
      45. T672-Pump Station - Electrical - Standard 2 Pump Stn Without Soft Starters (1 of 2)
      46. T673-Pump Station - Electrical - Standard 2 Pump Stn Without Soft Starters (2 of 2)
      47. T674-Pump Station - Electrical - Standard 2 Pump Stn SMC - 3 Soft Starters (1 of 2)
      48. T675-Pump Station - Electrical - Standard 2 Pump Stn SMC - 3 Soft Starters (2 of 2)
      49. T676-Pump Station - Electrical - Standard 2 Pump Stn IMS2 Soft Starters (1 of 2)
      50. T677-Pump Station - Electrical - Standard 2 Pump Stn IMS2 Soft Starters (2 of 2)
      51. T678-Pump Station - Electrical - Standard 2 Pump Stn ISMC - 3 Soft Starters (1 of 3)
      52. T679 Pump Station - Electrical - Standard 2 Pump Stn ISMC - 3 Soft Starters (2 of 3)
      53. T680-Pump Station - Electrical - Standard 2 Pump Stn ISMC - 3 Soft Starters (3 of 3)
      54. T681-Electrical - 2 Pump Stn Mincas SMC-3 Soft Starters (1 of 2)
      55. T682-Electrical - 2 Pump Stn Mincas SMC-3 Soft Starters (2 of 2)
      56. T683-Pump Station - Electrical Cabinet
    9. T700 Water Supply
      1. T700-Water Supply Pipe Hierarchy
      2. T701-Water Supply - Looped and Linked Principal Mains
      3. T705-Water Main - Location at Intersections
      4. T706-Watermain - Location at Cul de Sac
      5. T707-Water Main - Rider Main to Main Connection
      6. T708-Water Main - Flushing Point
      7. T709-Water Main - Branch Valves and Hydrant Combinations
      8. T710-Water Main - Support for Asbestos Cement Main
      9. T713-Hydrant Surround
      10. T714-Hydrant Box
      11. T715-Hydrant Surround Blocks
      12. T716-Valve Surround
      13. T717-Valve Box
      14. T718-Valve Surround 75mm Concrete
      15. T719-Valve Surround 100mm Concrete
      16. T720 Valve Surround Heavy Duty Concrete
      17. T721-Anchor block for Sluice Valves on Mains
      18. T722-Anchor Block for Flanged Fittings on Mains
      19. T723-Thrust Blocks
      20. T724-Hydrant and Valve Marker Post
      21. T727-Water Meter - Type 1 and 2 Point of Supply Location Installation
      22. T728-Water Meter - Type 3 and 4 Point of Supply Location Installation
      23. T729-Water Meter - Fire System Connection With Potable Supply Installation
      24. T730-Standard 20mm Manifold Connection
      25. T731-Standard 20mm Manifold Connections - Plan View
      26. T732-Multiple 20mm Installations
      27. T733-20mm Connection Requiring Double Check Valve
      28. T734-20mm Connection Requiring RPZ Installation
      29. T735-25mm, 40mm or 50mm Meter Installation With Double Check Valve
      30. T736-<50mm Meter Installation with RPZ
      31. T737-Property Connection - 50mm Combination Meter Installation with Double Check Valve
      32. T738-Combination Meter Installation with RPZ
      33. T739 >50mm Combination Meter Installation with RPZ & Bypass Option
      34. T740-Property Connection - Secure Connection
      35. T741-Manhole - Class A Loading
      36. T742-Chamber - Class A Loading
      37. T743-Manhole - Class B Loading
      38. T744-Chamber - Class B Loading
      39. T751-Bedding and Backfill Details
      40. T753-Buildings Near Public Mains
    10. T800 Public Lighting
    11. AB As-Built Drawings
  7. Approved Materials
  8. Construction Standards
    1. CS-1 General
    2. CS-2 Site Clearance
    3. CS-3 Earthworks
    4. CS-4 Excavation
    5. CS-5 Excavation in Trench
    6. CS-6 Fill
    7. CS-7 Bedding & Backfill
    8. CS-8 Subsoil Drainage for Earthworks & Roads
    9. CS-9 Pipework
    10. CS-10 Pipe Fittings
    11. CS-11 Manholes & Rodding Eyes
    12. CS-12 Sumps
    13. CS-13 Trenchless Technology
    14. CS-14 Road Ripping
    15. CS-15 Road Pavement Layers
    16. CS-16 Kerb & Channel
    17. CS-17 Concrete Work
    18. CS-18 Carriageway Surfacing
    19. CS-19 Roadmarking
    20. CS-20 Berm Features
    21. CS-21 Street Structures
    22. CS-22 Road Maintenance
    23. CS-23 Grassing & Turfing
    24. CS-24 Vegetation Planting & Gardens
    25. CS-25 Reinstatement
  9. Inspection & Testing Requirements
    1. IT-1 General Provision
    2. IT-2 Streetscape
    3. IT-3 Reserves
    4. IT-4 Transportation Network
    5. IT-5 Stormwater
    6. IT-6 Wastewater
    7. IT-7 Water Supply
    8. IT-8 Public Lighting
    9. IT-9 Network Utilities
Infrastructure Development Code

QA-1 Appendix A Peer Review Requirements 


QA-1 - Appendix A.1   Requirement

The following outlines when a peer review is likely to be required:

  1. Development Evaluation Report (Resource Consent Phase)
    1. Where development of land is located within the area classified as Very High Risk by DS-10 Natural Hazards and Earthworks then a peer review of geotechnical assessment/report is required. The Peer Review shall be attached to the Development Evaluation Report and provided to Council at the time of application for Resource Consent.
    2. Where development of land is located within the areas classified as High Risk to Low Risk by DS-10 Natural Hazards and Earthworks then a peer review may be requested by Council where, in Council's opinion, any of the criteria referenced in c) below are present. The Peer Review will be requested during the processing of the Resource Consent for the development.
  2. Building Consent Phase
    1. Where a building consent is applied for, for land located within the areas defined by DS-10 Natural Hazards and Earthworks and no previous geotechnical completion report is available then the requirements of a) i) and ii) above apply.
  3. Development Completion Report (Final Sign Off Phase)
    1. Council may require a peer review required for any Development Completion Report where:
      1. Where, in the opinion of Council, the report does not address the issues associated with the site in a manner that comprehensively defines all relevant issues and solutions or does not align with industry practice or standard.
      2. The Geo-Professional compiling the report is not accredited for the geotechnical classification of the site.
      3. The consequence of failure of a completed landform is such that it may cause loss of life or harm to humans or involve significant damage to property.
      4. The Development Completion Report reports on and certifies the development works. It also reports on completed development works that differ significantly from those proposed in the Development Evaluation Report.
  4. Council will advise the Geo-Professional or SQE Professional in writing that a peer review is required. Council will outline its reasons why the peer review is required and whom it proposes to use to undertake the review.
  5. Costs
    1. Costs associated with peer review work lies with the Applicant/Consent Holder.

QA-1 - Appendix A.2   Peer Review Procedures

For a peer review the following procedures apply:

  1. The peer review shall be undertaken by a Category 1 Geo-Professional or an appropriately qualified and experienced person acceptable to Council with relevant Geo-Professional experience in the Tauranga City environment. In the case of an SQE Professional the peer reviewer will be an experienced professional in the area of expertise concerned.
  2. The peer reviewer shall review the investigations, assumptions, conclusions, analyses, design, recommendations and solutions undertaken and proposed.
  3. The peer reviewer may recommend/request additional investigations and/or analyses/design be undertaken to address any concerns arising from the review. These shall be addressed by the professional being reviewed in writing to both the reviewer and Council.
  4. The peer reviewer shall provide a written report to Council confirming the following:
    1. The legal description, address of the site and clear reference to the report being peer reviewed.
    2. The opinions stated in the report meets the minimum requirements referenced in DS-10 Natural Hazards and Earthworks.
    3. The advice/recommendations/conclusions reached within the report are consistent with the geotechnical data obtained, investigations and acceptable industry practice.
    4. That in the reviewer’s opinion Council is able to rely on the opinions, recommendations and conclusions stated within the report when issuing further Resource Consents, Building Consents, PIM’s, LIM’s or any other matters.
    5. Any other matter the reviewer considers relevant.

QA-1 - Appendix A.3   External Expert Advice

Council recognises that the assessment of some natural hazards, predominantly geotechnical, will be complex and on occasion may exceed the levels of competency retained in-house by Council. Where Council considers it does not possess the necessary in house expertise to review the Development Evaluation Report or Development Completion Report, Council will engage a SQE Professional or Geo-Professional to review the report on Council’s behalf.

Where this occurs the applicant/Consent Holder will be notified prior to engagement. The cost associated with the SQE Professional or Geo-Professional will be passed onto the applicant/Consent Holder in accordance with Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule.

QA-1 - Appendix A.4   Peer Review Guidelines

QA-1 Apx A.4.1 is for guidance purposes. It is modelled on guidelines compiled by the California Geotechnical Engineers Association (CGEA) and is easily converted for use with regard to peer review of a SQE Professional’s work and opinion.
The standard of practice of the geotechnical field is highly dependent on professional judgement to provide the most effective investigation and design and may vary considerably between individuals and companies. Dealing with variability of projects, terrain, climate, client, and Council constraints requires flexibility and resourcefulness on the part of the Geo-Professional as well as the Geo-Professional reviewer.

QA-1 - Appendix A.4.1   Guidelines

The geotechnical reviewer‘s primary objective, in terms of these guidelines, is to serve the public and preserve public safety. The public includes future property owners, the general public, as well as the applicant/Consent Holder and Council.

The following items serve to summarise the position with regard to peer review of geotechnical reports:

  1. The purpose of a peer review is to:
    1. Check for completeness and compliance with minimum code standards.
    2. Note obvious factual errors, consistency of data with conclusions and standards of geotechnical practice and confirm that the geotechnical model is appropriate.
    3. Identify areas where the proposed design may lead to significant future problems.
  2. The reviewer shall recognise that geotechnical engineering is characterised by diverse opinions among the various geotechnical professionals. If the professional opinion of the geotechnical consultant of record is supported by a sufficient level of data and geologic and engineering analyses and professional experience indicates that the recommendations will provide satisfactory performance, the opinion of the consultant of record shall be accepted. At times, no singular valid opinion or interpretation is possible given the diversity of experience and background of the professionals involved.
  3. The peer reviewer shall:
    1. Meet the criteria listed in QA-1 Apx A.2  Peer Review Procedures.
    2. Be practicing in the field that he or she is reviewing (e.g. reports by an accredited Geo-Professional shall be reviewed by a Geo-Professional, reports by an accredited engineering geologist shall be reviewed by an engineering geologist). 
  4. The peer review shall align with the peer reviewer’s field of expertise.
  5. All parties shall recognise that the peer reviewer is not a part of the design or team compiling the report. The reviewer has no role in redesign or rework required for the project or report (i.e. approve the Geo-Professionals work only after all of the peer reviewer’s design preferences are met).
  6. The reviewer shall:
    1. Refrain from superimposing their own personal views unless the peer reviewer’s experience leads him to believe that the recommendations presented will result in significant issues occurring over the life of the proposal being reviewed.
    2. Assist the Geo-Professional being reviewed not act as a barrier.
    3. Be consistent in their review. (Theoretically, the same report with the same data, conclusions and recommendations shall generate the same review comments.)
    4. Maintain open communications with both the Geo-Professional being reviewed and the Council. Telephone calls to the reviewer shall be returned in a reasonable amount of time. Face-to-face meetings shall be held if the review process has not shown progress etc.
    5. Not review his or her own reports, or the reports of his or her firm.
    6. Be well versed in the various design standards, statute and Council requirements and be aware of available published geologic and historical information within Tauranga City.

Every effort shall be made to be as thorough as possible on the first review so as to minimise the need for additional questions unrelated to those contained in the first review.

Definitions in this section


Consent holder



Development completion report

Development evaluation report

Development works

Geotechnical completion report






Resource consent

SQE professional


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