Key proposed changes for coastal erosion hazard in the new District Plan
Proposing to replace the existing map of the
Coastal Hazard 1 line in the current District Plan with the newly identified
coastal erosion area and map it in the Proposed District Plan as a Coastal
This proposed coastal erosion area extends
approximately 120 metres inland from the current shoreline and includes
productive land, coastal wetland areas, coastal drainage systems and important
coastal culvert structures. The area is similar to the existing Coastal Hazard
1 line for much of the district’s coastline, but extends further inland in some
areas. The seaward boundary is the district boundary. The different coastal
processes at Rakaia Huts mean that the proposed Coastal Erosion Overlay doesn’t
extend into private property in the township.
use and development within the Coastal Erosion Overlay would be subject to
rules broadly equivalent to current requirements of the Canterbury Regional
Coastal Environment Plan, which landowners already have to comply with.
However, once the Proposed Plan becomes operative all resource consents in
relation to coastal hazards will be processed by Selwyn District Council and
properties in the Rural Zone, any subdivision or building a new dwelling in an
area at risk from coastal erosion would be a non-complying activity. This means
that a resource consent would be required and would be difficult to get.
Work on an existing building would be permitted
under certain circumstances, ie as long as the risk from coastal hazards
wouldn’t increase with the work.
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