The Kāpiti Coast’s CEO, Pat Dougherty (left), has replied to a former Regional Councillor’s call for a mediator to deal with the furore over the coastal hazards plan.
Former Regional Councillor (and resource consent chairman) Chris Turver said earlier that urgent mediation is needed in ‘the worsening stand-off’ between the KCDC and Coastal Ratepayers United over the KCDC’s plan to deal with climate change.
Mr Turver said Kāpiti is once again embarrassed by the consequences of a breakdown in relationships on major issues through lack of effective consultation and communication.
Special statement by CEO
But in a special statement to the Independent, Mr Dougherty says: “Anyone who really understands the process involved in a District Plan review would realise the whole thing is about consultation and mediation.
“Council has been working on the District Plan review since 2009.
“We advertise the Plan, we call for submissions, we read those submissions, we publish summaries of those submissions and then we call for cross submissions on those submissions.”
He adds: “We then try to address concerns by getting experts together to resolve any disagreements before we go to hearings. The hearings commissioners hear further information and evidence and make a decision.
“This is the most comprehensive consultation and mediation process there is in local government.”