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Consultation To Identify Priority Routes Begins for Earthquake Prone Buildings

Thursday 6 September 2018

Consultation to identify ‘priority routes’ has begun as the first step to identify Earthquake Prone Buildings in Central Hawke’s Bay, under the new requirements of the Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016.

The Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 is based on recommendations from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission, following the devastating Canterbury Earthquakes, where 185 people lost their lives and major destruction was caused to property.

The Amendment Act creates a new system and process for the identification and management of earthquake prone buildings.

The first part of the new system and process is to consult with the public on the priority routes that could be affected by the collapse of earthquake-prone buildings, in the event of a serious earthquake.   On Thursday 6 September, the Finance and Planning Committee of Council adopted a Statement of Proposal for public consultation on Priority routes.

The Statement of Proposal document identifies priority routes in the Town Centres of Waipukurau and Waipawa.  A building located on a priority route will have a shorter time to bring their buildings up to standard or to be demolished.

“We want to hear from the community if we have got the priority routes right – have we included too many or does the community agree with the proposed priority routes”, says Alison Francis Customer and Consents Lead.

The Statement of Proposal document can be viewed at Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Libraries and Council Offices in Waipawa or Waipukurau or on our website 

“We understand that there will be uncertainty in the community as a result of starting this consultation”, says Doug Tate, Group Manager Customer and Community Partnerships.  “We hope to give confidence and clarity to business and building owners with forums to provide information and other future projects such as Town Centre Plans proposed, to ensure we have vibrant and strong town centres now and into the future”.

We encourage people to contact us by phone on 06 857 8060 or email epb@chbdc.govt.nz to discuss any queries or concerns you may have.  Consultation closes on Friday 12 October at 5pm.

The first forum for Earthquake Prone Buildings is also being held on Tuesday 11 September from 5.30 – 7pm at the Waipukurau Club.

14 September 2018

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