Proposed Earthquake Prone Priority Buildings and Strategic Routes

We're currently seeking public feedback on the proposed Earthquake Prone Priority Buildings and Strategic Routes.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 1 March 2019.

We want your feedback on proposed strategic routes and high pedestrian and vehicle traffic areas within the district boundaries. These routes and areas will help Council to identify and prioritise the repair of earthquake-prone buildings which currently exist in the district.

What does this mean?

On 1 July 2017, changes were introduced to the Building Act 2004 which affect the way earthquake-prone buildings are identified and managed. One of the changes provides for public consultation,

We're currently seeking public feedback on the proposed Earthquake Prone Priority Buildings and Strategic Routes.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 1 March 2019.

We want your feedback on proposed strategic routes and high pedestrian and vehicle traffic areas within the district boundaries. These routes and areas will help Council to identify and prioritise the repair of earthquake-prone buildings which currently exist in the district.

What does this mean?

On 1 July 2017, changes were introduced to the Building Act 2004 which affect the way earthquake-prone buildings are identified and managed. One of the changes provides for public consultation, to assist Council to identify the most vulnerable buildings (earthquake-prone buildings which could pose a danger) on routes where there are high numbers of vehicles and pedestrian traffic, or are of strategic importance.

The Act defines these buildings as 'priority buildings', or ones which should be strengthened to ensure the safety of the community.

Changes to the Act shorten the time frames for identifying, strengthening or demolishing earthquake-prone buildings. Once the owners of priority buildings have been notified by Council, they have 7.5 years to strengthen or demolish the building(s). This is a much shorter time frame than the Act allows for other earthquake-prone buildings (15 years).

The proposal prioritises the following thoroughfares:

  1. High Street Southbridge from Hastings Street to St James Street and
  2. High Street Leeston from Market Street to Anderson Square.

Please note: No strategic routes have been identified that would be impeded by a building collapse which don’t have an alternative access option.

The Council is welcoming submissions or comments on the Council’s proposal for roads, footpaths and thoroughfares which should be prioritised because of the risk associated with the collapse of unreinforced buildings in an earthquake, and to identify and prioritise any strategic emergency routes that may be impeded by building collapse.

Submissions on the proposal can be made via the online submission form on this page or by downloading a hardcopy submission form. The Statement of Proposal can be viewed on this page and hard copies are available at all Council Service Centres and libraries.

Hard copy submissions can be addressed to:

The Building Manager

Selwyn District Council

Proposal for Earthquake Prone Priority Buildings/Strategic Routes

P O Box 90

Rolleston 7643

Or emailed to eqpblgs@selwyn.govt.nz

Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 1 March 2019.

Wish to be heard?

Any person making a submission may request to be heard in support of their submission. All submissions received will be acknowledged and publicly available. This includes personal information.

Drop-in sessions

Drop in sessions will be held on Tuesday 19 February 2019 as follows:

Leeston Library: 4pm–5.50pm.

Southbridge Community Hall: 6pm–7pm.