Kapiti mayoral candidate Jackie Elliott says the KCDC faces about $250,000 in costs defending the first case against their coastal hazard lines on 1800 Land Information (LIMS) reports.
And Ms Elliott, who is also a member of the Otaki Community Board, points out there are still 1799 cases to go.
Ms Elliott says regardless of the outcome of the first case, storms, erosion and accretion will occur.
However, she says, the outcomes predicted in the Council’s scientific report are not predicted for another 50 – 100 years.
For its part, the Kapiti Council says the 1, 800 properties include most beachfront properties. It says they’re at at risk of potential erosion or inundation from coastal hazards within 100 years. Up to 1,000 of these may be at risk within 50 years.
The council also says the new coastal hazard risk information will be included in Land Information Memorandums (LIMs) requested for affected properties.
Ms Elliott says:”The policy designed to stop future court action against KCDC has simply prompted that very action.
“It has failed and is one of the many decisions made by the current Council that must be reversed for the common good.”
says Ms Elliott.
“What is needed is a commonsense, long-term approach to re assessing the risk, or lack of it and the immediate removal of the arbitrary lines off
the LIM’s that are based on controversial science.
“It is vital the science used by Council is accurate and verifiable. It was
an overnight decision by KCDC that placed the 1800 owners of the affected properties into a living nightmare.
“This can be quickly remedied and the removal of the lines is exactly what I will do when elected Mayor,” says Ms Elliott.