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Christchurch Costal Residents United

Christchurch Coastal Residents United (CCRU) is for anyone concerned about what the proposed coastal hazard zone changes will mean to coastal communities and coastal property values.

Christchurch is a low lying coastal city, the proposed new hazard zones are extensive and reach all the way to its heart - currently extending to near Jade Stadium on the city's edge.

This is not just a beach suburbs problem. The knock on effects, of not being able to build in these zones, will impact over time on the whole city. Currently there are 18000 properties affected and our concern is this is not well known. The whole process has not caught the public consciousness and has been compressed into a very short time frame.

CCRU believe that given the 50 to 100 year timeframe of the assessed risks, it is manifestly unfair to have the cutoff for submissions as 4 September 2015.

Check to see if you or someone you know is in one of these zones here.

The issue is building restrictions are being imposed now for something that may or may not happen in the future. If the sea level projections that these zones rely on turn out to be wrong entire suburbs and life savings for many people will have been written off of no reason.

With so much at stake and the reality being that sea level is not rising at the rates projected together with the inherent uncertainty around these projections we feel that the council should have taken a wait and see approach.

CCRU is a group of concerned residents who are giving up their time to fight this proposal and we ask for your help and support.

CCRU are asking the City Council to delay this policy until they have completed a thorough and professional study of the risks and hazards using coastal and climate scientists and other specialists , over a timeframe that recognises the 50 to 100 year timeline of this policy.


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