Hazard resilience and climate change
Our communities are vulnerable to a number of natural hazards. The problem is exacerbated by our historic and cultural association with areas of the landscape that are most vulnerable to the risks of existing natural hazards and climate change. For example, historically communities settled in flood plains and coastal areas.
Inadequate identification of the risks, and lack of sufficient controls, has resulted in greater exposure to the effects of natural hazards and climate change. Existing infrastructure that is located in these vulnerable places is at risk of hazard events, which – in turn – impacts on the health, safety and resilience of our communities.
Key issues are addressed by:
- New natural hazard provisions to control the development of land affected by hazards such as flooding
- New provisions that promote the use of natural buffers and adaptive management to improve community resilience
- National and regional direction, which place more emphasis on a precautionary approach when dealing with land affected by natural hazards.
Your feedback told us:
- You support the new precautionary approach, which includes addressing climate change
- There is concern that the policy framework does not integrate with the Regional Policy Statement and NZ Coastal Policy Statement
- A clear and directive framework is necessary to give certainty to landowners and developers
- We need to be clear on Council’s role in the management on natural hazards.