District Plan Review
The District Plan is Council’s planning rulebook for building and development in the District. Through the District Plan we can:
- decide where and how future development is allowed,
- outline how our community plans for natural hazards like floods and earthquakes,
- develop the kind of community we want to leave our children.
A review of the plan is now underway, starting with a review of the natural hazards provisions.
Council now has updated information and technical reports on flooding, liquefaction, landslides and active faults in our district. This information has informed the new rules within the Natural Hazards chapter of the District Plan.
- Waiau Toa/Clarence River floodplain investigation
- Kēkerengū, Hāpuku and Oaro floodplain investigation
- Ote Makura (Goose Bay) floodplain investigation
- Kaikōura Fans floodplain investigation
- Liquefaction Study for Kaikōura District
- Deterministic mapping of potential Landslide Debris Inundation
- Updated assessment of active faults in the Kaikōura District
- Current District Plan
Natural Hazards Plan Change 3
In accordance with the Clause 5 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Kaikōura District Council advises that it has prepared the following Plan Change to the Kaikōura District Plan:
The purpose of this Plan Change is to use knowledge gained from the November 2016 Earthquake to improve community resilience and align the District Plan with national and regional direction, using new knowledge gained regarding natural hazards that affect parts of the district.
The Proposed Natural Hazards Plan Change introduces new objectives, policies and rules to manage natural hazards within the Kaikōura District. The Plan Change replaces the current natural hazard provisions in the operative Kaikōura District Plan which manage natural hazards with the exception of those relating to coastal hazards.
The Natural Hazards Plan Change 3 seeks to:
- Replace the operative Chapter 8: Natural Hazards (whilst carrying over the coastal hazards provisions).
- Insert new objectives, policies and rules based on new technical information and community engagement to date.
- Make amendments to other chapters in the operative District Plan relating to natural hazards.
- Insert new definitions to align with the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement, Resource Management Act and the National Planning Standards.
- Replace existing planning maps with updated Natural Hazard Overlays.
- Better meet the communities long term needs.
Summary of Submissions
The community were invited to make submissions on the proposed changes to the Natural Hazards Chapter, 16 submissions were received.
Download individual submissions by clicking on the links below.
Cargil Station Submission. D and L Robinson Submission 1. D and L Robinson Submission 2. D Kitchingham Submission. D Melville Submission. ECan Submission. Federated Farmers Submission. G Acland Submission. K Finnerty Submission. KDC Submission. L Adams Submission. M Egan Submission. MainPower NZ Limited_PC3 Submission_FINAL. Ministry of Education Submission. Oil Company Submission. Semmens S Submission. Spark Submission.
A further submission is limited to a matter in support of, or opposition to, an original submission. Under clause 8 of Schedule 1, further submissions can only be made by:
- persons who are representing a relevant aspect of the public interest
- persons who have an interest in the proposed policy statement or plan that is greater than the interest the general public has
- the Council itself.
The period for further submissions has now closed. Two further submissions were received and an officer’s report is now being prepared in accordance with section 42a of the Resource Management Act 1991.
Interactive Natural Hazards Map
This map is for notification of a proposed change to the Kaikōura District Council District Plan, concerning natural hazards mapped via scientific reports.
Notification Documents for Natural Hazards Plan Change
Guidance for Property Owners
The Building Act defines a natural hazard as land subjected to:
- erosion (including coastal erosion, bank erosion, and sheet erosion)
- falling debris (including soil, rock, snow, and ice)
- inundation (including flooding, overland flow, storm surge, tidal effects and ponding)
- hazards such as tsunamis or earthquakes are not regarded as natural hazards under the Building Act
Occasionally natural hazards may not be identified in Project Information Memorandums (PIMs) associated with your building consents, and there may be a need for the Building Consent Authority to determine whether or not natural hazard provisions apply.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have recently produced a "Natural Hazards Decision Tree" associated with Determination 2017/048, which provides useful information in determining Natural Hazards Responsibilities.
Community Engagement Report
Kaikōura District Council developed a community engagement process for its natural hazards plan change that aimed to involve the community in risk-based planning for natural hazards. Central to the community engagement process were two risk workshops held in November 2019. The full report can be found here. Community Engagement Report - Workshops Phase 1 and 2