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CHB Dis­trict Coun­cil has be­gun con­sul­ta­tion to iden­tify pri­or­ity routes — the first step to­wards iden­ti­fy­ing earth­quake-prone build­ings in CHB un­der new leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments.

The Build­ing (EarthquakeProne Build­ings) Amend­ment Act 2016 has cre­ated a new sys­tem and process for iden­ti­fy­ing and man­ag­ing earth­quake-prone build­ings in New Zealand.

The amend­ment is based on rec­om­men­da­tions from the Can­ter­bury Earth­quakes Royal Com­mis­sion into the Can­ter­bury quakes which re­sulted in 185 deaths and ma­jor destruc­tion.

The first part of the new sys­tem is to con­sult with the public on pri­or­ity routes which could be af­fected by the col­lapse of earth­quake-prone build­ings in the event of a se­ri­ous earth­quake.

Coun­cil’s fi­nance and plan­ning com­mit­tee adopted a State­ment of Pro­posal for public con­sul­ta­tion at its meet­ing last Thurs­day.

The State­ment of Pro­posal iden­ti­fies pri­or­ity routes in the town cen­tres of Waipuku­rau and Waipawa.

A build­ing lo­cated on a pri­or­ity route will have a shorter time to bring their build­ings up to stan­dard or be de­mol­ished.

“We want to hear from the com­mu­nity if we have got the pri­or­ity routes right.

“Have we in­cluded too many or does the com­mu­nity agree with the pro­posed pri­or­ity routes?” said Ali­son Fran­cis, coun­cil’s cus­tomer and con­sents lead.

Doug Tate, coun­cil’s cus­tomer and com­mu­nity part­ner­ships group man­ager, said coun­cil un­der­stood there would be un­cer­tainty in the com­mu­nity as a re­sult of start­ing the con­sul­ta­tion.

“We hope to give con­fi­dence and clar­ity to busi­ness and build­ing own­ers with fo­rums to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and other fu­ture projects such as Town Cen­tre Plans pro­posed, to en­sure we have vi­brant and strong town cen­tres now and into the fu­ture.”

The first fo­rum for busi­nesses and build­ing own­ers is be­ing held this evening from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Waipuku­rau Club.

The State­ment of Pro­posal doc­u­ment can be viewed at the dis­trict li­braries and coun­cil of­fices in Waipawa or Waipuku­rau and at chbdc.govt.nz

Peo­ple with queries or con­cerns can contact coun­cil on 06 857 8060 or email epb@chbdc.govt.nz.

Con­sul­ta­tion closes at 5pm on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 12.

PHOTO: FILE.

A build­ing lo­cated on a pri­or­ity route will have a shorter time to bring their build­ings up to stan­dard or be de­mol­ished.

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