Earthquake Prone Buildings – Statement of Proposal
In July 2017 the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 came into force. This Act is a result of the significant damage and loss of life caused by the serious earthquakes in Christchurch. The new system affects owners of earthquake-prone buildings, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, engineers, other building professionals, building users and the general public.
The Act provides a new system to ensure our buildings are managed for future earthquakes in a consistent way across the country. It prioritises the identification and remediation of earthquake prone buildings that either pose a risk to the safety of inhabitants, or are critical to recovery efforts in an earthquake.
The first step for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is to identify all ‘priority buildings’. The Act has already identified many of these for us, such as hospitals, emergency buildings and education buildings.
Other buildings are identified as priority if they are located on a route of pedestrian or traffic importance that may be required to be clear in the time of an emergency.
We are therefore seeking your feedback on the routes of high use and/or strategic importance that we have identified. We seek your views on these routes, as well as any other roads, footpaths or strategic transport routes you think are important.
How have we come up with these routes?
The Act has provided us with guidance to identify public roads, footpaths or other thoroughfares.
What we have identified for your feedback
Based on the definitions above, Council have identified the following as priority routes for Central Hawke’s Bay:
Have Your Say
We welcome anyone to make a submission on this consultation.
You can contribute feedback online here or fill out the feedback form (in left-hand sidebar) in the Statement of Proposal (at bottom of page) drop it into the Council offices or libraries or send to:
Central Hawke’s Bay District Council
P O Box 127
You can also scan and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions close Friday 12 October, 5pm.
Frequently asked questions
How will a building be identified as priority if it is adjacent to the routes identified as part of this consultation?
If the building is not already identified because it is a hospital, emergency or education building, then the building will be an unreinforced masonry building ‘URM’ which means that in an earthquake a part of the building could fall onto the road or footpath, potentially injuring people or blocking the route. These parts of the buildings are, for example, a parapet, an external wall or a verandah. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment sets out clear guidance about how to identify these buildings.
I own or work in a building along one of the routes, do I have to do anything now?
No, but if you have any information about your building, have had strengthening work done in the past or have any query at all, please contact us at email@example.com and we will be happy to discuss this with you.
Hasn’t Central Hawke’s Bay District Council already undertake earthquake prone building identification in 2012?
Yes, some work was done prior to 2012, which identified buildings along the main streets of Waipukurau and Waipawa as being potentially susceptible to earthquake damage. Building owners were notified and as a result a small number of owners did upgrade their buildings. No further work by Council was carried out after 2012 and as the legislation has changed we are now required to revisit that work as well as ensure we follow the new requirements. Design work previously done may need to be revisited as a result of the new legislation.
What is Council doing to support Building and Business owners?
Council recognises the challenges that the requirements of the Act will bring to building and business owners. In parallel to this process, Council will be running regular forums to support building and business owners to gain greater understanding of the Act, its impacts and other opportunities.
In conjunction with this, as part of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, Council also included Town Centre Planning as a longer term project to ensure our Town Centres remain active and diverse places for building and business investment to remain. A new Community Pride and Vibrancy Fund, has also been established to support local pride, vibrancy and placemaking in our communities.