Natural hazards and the effects of climate change have been the focus of Stage 2 of the Waikato District Plan Review. Stage 2 has consisted of the development of a new set of proposed objectives, policies and rules (provisions) to manage the risk to people and structures on land subject to natural hazards. It has also included the development of provisions to mitigate and/or adapt to the effects of climate change.
Natural hazard mapping has been carried out based on expert technical assessments and modelling. The hazard maps identify areas where certain types of natural hazards are present, such as river flooding or coastal erosion and inundation. The new set of proposed provisions apply regulatory controls to new land use and development within the areas identified as hazard areas on the planning maps and these are contained in Chapter 15 of the Proposed District Plan.
The planning maps identify land that may be at risk of coastal erosion or inundation as a result of future sea level rise. In these areas the policies and rules focus on mitigation and, where mitigation is not possible, encourage adaptive measures, such as relocatable buildings, to ensure the risk to people and structures can be managed over the long term.
Existing public and private development located on land vulnerable to natural hazards is also recognised within Chapter 15. Adaptive management planning processes are encouraged as a means to manage risk to existing development and to build community resilience.
Stage 2 also consists of a variation to amend some of the provisions in the Proposed District Plan (Stage 1) to ensure there is consistency across all sections of the Proposed District Plan.
Submissions for Stage 2 closed on Wednesday, 23 September 2020.