District Plan Review
The Kaikōura District Plan sets standards for development within our District. These standards aim to ensure natural resources and hazards are managed safely and sustainably.
The current version of the plan has been operative since 23 June 2008. A lot has changed in our district in last 10 years and now it’s time to review our plan and see how it can be improved to better meet the community’s needs.
In November 2018 Council confirmed the plan will be reviewed as a series of plan changes (a ‘rolling review’) rather than one change.
The review will start with the District Plan’s natural hazards provisions.
Natural hazard planning is undertaken by Councils to help protect people, property and infrastructure from a wide range of natural hazards (e.g. flooding, landslides, earthquakes, tsunami) as well as building stronger more resilient communities.
The natural hazards provisions are found in the Natural Hazards chapter of the plan, as well as in some other chapters such as Subdivision.
Natural hazards provisions identify where it is development is or isn’t appropriate and what we should consider when developing in areas subject to natural hazard risk.
The natural hazards provisions (except coastal hazards) in the District Plan will be reviewed first because some areas of the district level of hazard risk changed following the 2016 earthquake events.
Council has decided to use the standard plan change process under the Resource Management Act (RMA) to review the natural hazards provisions. Specifically, we will need to follow the RMA ‘Schedule 1’ process.
Research is currently underway to gain a better understanding of a number of natural hazard issues in the district. This technical hazard information will be shared with the community. Current research areas are:
- Flood hazards,
- Land stability - landslides
- Liquefaction / lateral spreading
- Fault lines
Council will work with the community to review the District Plan’s natural hazards provisions once all technical information and other requirements are in place.
There will be many opportunities for the community to learn about the natural hazards our district faces and the areas they could affect.