Coastal Rules Worry Residents

A doomed part of the present coastal track south of Raumatti South

CRU fears residents will lose rights to protest

The High Court has released its decision in the case brought by Coastal Ratepayers United Inc (CRU) against Kapiti Coast District Council. But the CRU says residents still deserve a fair say.

Chair Paul Dunmore says the issue was the process that KCDC has been using to develop its new District Plan.

At an earlier stage, the Environment Court had ruled that what KCDC had done was unlawful in part. In response KCDC made last-minute changes to its proposed plan.

The High Court has now declined to go further than the Environment Court had done.

CRU’s view is that this frees KCDC to develop future coastal hazard rules which will be constrained by various policies that have now gone into the new plan.

“We fear that residents will be prevented from challenging those policies or arguing for better coastal protections,” says Mr Dunmore.

“Hundreds of submissions by residents against the original plan were discarded by KCDC. These submitters will have to start again and will not be allowed to challenge any aspects of the plan that KCDC chooses not to reopen, even if they limit the right to protect one’s own property against coastal hazards.”

“The High Court decision is disappointing, because the process remains unfair and the KCDC juggernaut can now proceed as planned. But Courts cannot rule on what is fair, only on what is lawful.

“CRU will participate in the future process for developing coastal hazard rules, as far as we are allowed to.”

(Contact: Paul Dunmore, Chair (04) 902 3126 CRU@dunmore.nz http://cru.org.nz)

The last time the environment hit 405 ppm CO2 (without the current added 300 ppm CO2e – with the CH4, meaning it is a shitload worse now than then) it took 10,000 years not the 200 years we have managed, over that 10,000 year period all the ice would long have gone @ around 350 ppm CO2 or less, and the millions of tones of trapped CH4 would have been released slowly. Unlike then, all that CH4 is just sitting in the Tundra, and under the coastal ice sheets, waiting for the inevitable melting. It will only take as little as 10% of said CH4 to make it into the atmosphere to bring the global average temperature above the survivable limit of all mammals. The last time the planet saw these temperatures 96% of all life went extinct, the sea levels went up by 80 (yes eighty) meters.
If you want a coastal property in the near future I advise you to move several kilometers inland, the hills above Waikanae might be okay for a while?
Just being able to breath with all the toxic algal bloom gases as the oceans acidify might mean moving to the center of larger countries.
The whole system is a joke.