Thames Coromandel District Council Coastal Panels met this week as they continue to follow the Ministry for the Environment guidelines for preparing for climate change.
The panels are part of a three-year Shoreline Management Project, designed to ensure communities can make sound decisions about future resilience to climate change.
At this point in the process, the panels understand the nature of risk and have started to look at risk tolerability (the level of risk that is acceptable to their communities from an environmental and financial perspective).
This week Council began discussing adaptation pathways and options for the four areas covered by the panels. These include looking at options for protecting Thames as one of the townships that is most immediately vulnerable to coastal inundation.
A high-level feasibility assessment for protecting the Thames township from coastal inundation and river and stormwater flooding for the next 100 years has been completed.
“There’s no question coastal protection is a significant issue in our district. There’s also no question that we see a thriving future for our district and the town of Thames,” says Mayor Sandra Goudie.
“Through our Shoreline Management Project, we’re making sure our climate change planning is very long-term, wide-ranging and takes all possible action, from structural protection to managed retreat, into account,” says Mayor Sandra. “We expect that the logical course of action lies somewhere in the middle – taking account of shoreline and inundation impact and continuing to have thriving and growing communities that take into account our highest risk areas.”
“The Shoreline Management Plan project is running alongside our Accelerated Housing Plan for Thames, to build houses now to meet the current and urgent need for new homes,” she says.
The areas of interest we’re looking to unlock land for housing in Thames now, is in areas that are not affected by coastal inundation.
Photo: TCDC - Amon Martin Shoreline Management lead providing an update to the Committee
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