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Hahei parking, earthquake-prone buildings and insanitary building consultations close on Monday

07 September 2018

We've been asking for your feedback on three issues before the consultations on them close on Monday 10 September at 4pm: Proposals to better manage visitor parking in Hahei, priority routes in Thames in the event of an earthquake, and our proposed Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy.

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New proposals for parking in Hahei

We’re more than doubling the capacity of the visitor car park at the village entrance from the current 200 parks and are encouraging visitors to use that. Our Council may decide to levy a parking charge of up to $10/day at that site to help pay for the improvements.

But we also want to amend our Parking Control Bylaw to allow one of these two main options we’re considering to restrict parking on residential streets and berms. Either:

  • Make all Hahei streets, including berms, resident-only parking from October to April.
  • No parking allowed on entire streets or on parts of streets, including berms, with no exemptions for residents, by way of broken yellow lines.

Get your feedback in by 4pm on Monday 10 September.

"Council's decision will come down to the quality of the submissions made by the public," our Mayor Sandra Goudie says.

For more details on the proposals and to lodge a submission online go to our website at www.tcdc.govt.nz/haheiparking.

Or visit one of our TCDC area offices or district libraries to pick up the statement of proposal and a submission form.

You can then send the submission form by:

  • Email at consultation@tcdc.govt.nz;
  • Fax on (07) 868 0234;
  • Post it to us at Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag, Thames 3540; or
  • Drop it into the area offices in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga or Whangamata.

If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz.

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Where are our priority routes if an earthquake was to happen?

The legislation for identifying and managing earthquake-prone buildings has changed nationally, which means there are now set timeframes to identify and upgrade buildings which are earthquake-prone.

One of the first things we have to do is establish priority routes (busy public roads, footpaths or thoroughfares) where parts of an unreinforced masonry building could fall in an earthquake posing a high risk to life and public safety - and that's why we want to hear from you.

There are two criteria for identifying which public roads, footpaths and  thoroughfares should be prioritised in areas with a medium seismic risk:

  1. the risk of parts of an unreinforced masonry building  (e.g. parapets, external walls, or a verandah) falling in an earthquake;  and
  2. the number of vehicles and pedestrians using the route.

In our District we've identified these areas as 400-770 Pollen St (between Richmond St and Cochrane St) Thames, as this is the main area in our district where the buildings sit within the medium seismic risk area for earthquakes.

Whangamata also has a medium seismic risk, however no areas have been identified meeting the priority criteria.

So we want to hear from you as to whether you think we have it covered, or if you think there are other areas that need prioritising. You can share your feedback via www.tcdc.govt.nz/earthquakeprone.

Once we’ve finalised the priority public roads, footpaths and thoroughfares, we'll be looking at buildings in the region to determine whether they are potentially earthquake prone. If they are, building owners will be notified and will have 12 months to provide an engineering assessment to us.

This consultation also closes at 4pm on Monday 10 September.

Proposed dangerous and insanitary buildings policy

We're replacing our existing Earthquake Prone, Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy with a Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy.

That's because we no longer need an Earthquake Prone Building Policy as this is now covered by  legislation  by central government.

We're only proposing minor wording changes to improve how the policy reads and to ensure clarity. You can take a look at the proposed policy here and give us your feedback www.tcdc.govt.nz/dangerousbuildings.

Consultation closes 4pm on Monday 10 September.