Here’s an aerial video documenting the extensive slip damage along Ocean Beach in the past week.
For about the first two minutes of the six minute video, you’ll be flying over the southern portions of Ocean Beach that were to be developed, starting with a glimpse of the existing baches at the entrance to the beach, before turning north. At 1:45 you’re over a deep gully that would have marked the northern end of development; a few seconds later the predator proof fence comes into view.
Much of the footage was shot over Haupouri Station … and the videographer titled it appropriately … ‘Haupouri Disaster’.
Now, amplify that disaster by adding the prospect of several hundred homes stuck into the midst of this! That’s what we’d have today if the Ocean Beach development plans had gone forward. A community larger than Waimarama you might recall.
Then read these two excerpts from page 1 of the peer review commissioned by Hastings Council on the applicant’s Geotechnical Report:
“Landslide risk considerations are a major component in evaluating the feasibility of the future development that will be provided for by the proposed changes to the Hastings District Plan. Most development zones are either located on a landslide, or are situated at the toe or crest of a landslide (or possible future landslides) with the potential to be affected by them.” And …
“… the reports do not evaluate the risks, or the residual risks likely to remain following the implementation of any mitigating engineering solutions. These need to be reviewed against risks that are tolerable to the local community and the Council. The hazards have been identified and solutions have been suggested, however there is no quantification of risk. Whilst we accept that the mitigating measures proposed are technically feasible and are often an acceptable engineering solution, it would be useful to consider their appropriateness in the context of site specific landslide risk.”
In true “cover thy butt” form, the waffling consultants went on to recommend more study and risk analysis.
Fortunately the development was stopped … by the people (who, it would appear from this video, accurately assessed the risk!), with elected officials trailing in our wake.
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