Coastal Hazards Report

coastHazard lines ‘not sufficiently robust’

An independent panel has found Kapiti’s contentious coastal hazard lines ”not sufficiently robust” to be used for planning purposes.

The panel, in a report to the Kapiti Coast District Council , has outlined a raft of suggested further work on a 2012 report the council commissioned from Roger Shand.

Panel chairman James Carley said the report is not sufficiently robust to be used for planning policy and regulation in the proposed district plan.

The Shand Report sparked controversy with its coastal hazard lines showing 1000 beachfront properties were at risk from erosion within 50 years and another 800 within a century.

Residents were angry the report was included in LIMs for the homes and used to tighten proposed coastal development rules, fearing the inclusion in LIMs would affect their property values.

Affected residents challenged the report and last July the council set up the panel to review the science behind the coastal hazard mapping, at a cost of $150,000-plus.

Panel chair Carley said the recommendations on hazard zones would likely take the council about six to 12 months to complete.

The panel recommended considering a scenario that includes accretion – the seaward movement of the shoreline.