The Regional Infrastructure Technical Specification (RITS) is a document that sets out how to design and construct transportation, water supply, wastewater, stormwater and landscaping infrastructure in the participating councils’ areas. Prior to developing RITS, each council had its own Infrastructure Technical Specifications, which resulted in different standards having to be met across the Waikato region. The purpose of RITS is to provide a single regional guide and specifications for building public infrastructure. The RITS is now used by all councils shown in the graphic to the right.
Developers are required to provide infrastructure in subdivisions/developments and can use the RITS as a means of complying with the conditions set by councils as part of the resource consenting process. If developers, and their consultants and contractors, use the RITS, the process to meet resource consent conditions will usually be quicker and therefore less costly.
While alternative solutions can also be presented to council, they will probably require additional supporting information and take longer to be reviewed, or could be rejected.
When councils set up contracts for the construction of roads, water pipes and landscaping, they refer to specifications and standards that contractors are required to meet. These are found in the RITS and so contractors have certainty about what materials (e.g. types of pipe), that they can use, and what standards must be met.
The RITS has an online ‘Suggestion Form’ which users can complete and submit if they see a way to improve the document. An annual review (next one is due February 2019) process is in place to keep the document up-to-date.
Waikato LASS has no control over documents that have been downloaded, so users are responsible for ensuring they have the latest version.