Group vows to continue fight against coastal hazard LIM listings

The Christchurch City Council has changed the details on property records about coastal hazards, but affected residents want the information removed entirely. They are not happy with the changed wording on the Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports and are vowing to continue their fight to discredit the Tonkin & Taylor report on which the information is based. "We have been working with the council to get this overturned and we will continue to do so," said Mark Munro, spokesman for the Christchurch Coastal Residents United group. "The Tonkin & Taylor report should have been thrown out ... and we will take whatever steps we have to, to make that happen." READ FULL ARTICE ON STUFF > ​

Christchurch City Council staff have their own doubts about accuracy of coastal hazard maps

Christchurch City Council staff have their own doubts about accuracy of coastal hazard maps. The city council has tagged 18,600 land titles with hazard warnings based on a Tonkin & Taylor report which provides maps of the coastline with projected inundation areas over the next 100 years. Property developer Mark Munro is leading a residents’ campaign against the council move. A submission to the district plan written by the council’s own staff says the hazard maps for the suburb of Sumner have several inaccuracies. The submission says these would need to be changed. Mr Munro says the whole matter seems to be heading for a judicial review. He recently wrote to Prime Minister John Key, promptin

Reopened Christchurch seaside dump an environmental time bomb?

Environment Canterbury has recommended to Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee that he extend the re-opened old landfill 100m from the Canterbury coastline. The recommendation highlights Mr Brownlee’s grip on city and regional council planning documents, and the veracity of coastal hazard reports and policies. The recommendation by the government-appointed commissioners comes as Christchurch City battles with residents over the tagging of 18,600 land titles on the basis of sea rise risk to coastal property. But the council does not appear to be applying the same rules to the old Burwood landfill, which is a kilometre to the north of Christchurch’s Waimairi Beach. Most rubbi

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