Christchurch City Council has released a discussion document that explores options for managing future development, subdivision, redevelopment and changes in land use in areas exposed to coastal hazards.
This Issues and Options discussion document is a first step in the District Plan Change process and will be open for feedback between 8 October and 15 November - if given approval by the Urban Development and Transport Committee next week.
“Our current District Plan doesn’t define the full extent of areas at risk of coastal hazards and only manages some activities,” says Council’s General Manager of Infrastructure, Planning and Regulatory Services Jane Davis.
“We’re also need to change the plan to meet our responsibilities to implement national and regional policy.
“We need to act now because we aren’t effectively managing risks, and we are potentially enabling new development to occur without the appropriate measures in place to minimise that risk.”
The Issues and Options paper uses the updated Coastal Hazards Assessment to identify how coastal hazards might affect communities across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. It discusses the issues we are facing, and sets out four proposed options for how the District Plan could manage coastal hazards. The options are:
“Maintaining the status quo hasn’t been included as an option as it doesn’t adequately manage risks to people and property from coastal hazards. It also doesn’t implement national or regional direction,” says Ms Davis
“We’re at the start of this plan change process and no decisions have yet been made. We’ve taken on board community feedback from the previous attempt to introduce coastal hazard policies and rules to the District Plan and we’re taking a different approach this time.”
The Issues and Options paper is an opportunity for residents to provide early feedback, which will then will help shape the Draft Plan Change. Residents will then have another opportunity to have their say when the draft Plan Change goes out for consultation in April/May 2022. Feedback from that consultation will then help inform the Plan Change which will be formally notified for consultation in the second half of next year.
A separate process to reduce current and future coastal hazards risk for existing communities and infrastructure will also be open for feedback from 8October – 15 November, subject to Urban Development & Transport Committee approval.