by Gerard Collings
Natural Hazards Community Consultation
As a result of concerns raised about the speed with which the council was expecting comments back on preferred options for managing natural hazard risks in the second generation District Plan (2GP), it has extended the consultation period to now close on 1 September 2014.
It was extremely pleasing to see the large community turnouts at the two presentation meetings held in our area. That said, we are concerned that many members of our communities have not taken the opportunity to review the information available.
The board agree that it is appropriate for the council to identify the various hazard zones within our community. We do, however, want to ensure that the community has considered these zones, tested the accuracy of the mapped areas with our local knowledge and, most importantly, is comfortable with the level of control that the council is considering placing on the affected properties.
The board is considering the implications of the council's proposed policy for our area and will provide feedback accordingly. However it is imperative that community members take the time to consider the implications for their property and our area and to provide their own feedback throughout this process.
While there are no more public meetings scheduled for our area, the hazard zones and the council’s proposed controls can be viewed on the council’s website at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp
In addition to providing your comments to the council, the board is more than happy to hear from any member of our community with a view and/or concerns regarding the areas mapped and the proposed controls.
I urge you all to take the time to participate in this process.
Foot Path and Road Maintenance
Members of the community are encouraged to report maintenance issues to the council through their customer services department at 477 4000. Reporting maintenance items in this way allows the council to track contractor performance.
Copies of DCC documents out for consultation are available from the council and on their website at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on
The board’s next meeting is at 5.30pm, 13 August at the East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti. The following meeting will at 5.30pm, 24 September at the Blueskin Bay Library. Agendas are generally available through the DCC website three days before the meeting; see the link below.
Members of the public are welcome to speak at the board’s public forum; however, those wishing to do so need to advise Wendy Collard, our governance support officer (474 3374) before noon on the day prior to the meeting.
Remember that you can view the board's meeting agendas, reports, and minutes at either the Waikouaiti or Blueskin libraries or on the DCC website at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/council-minutes
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