Jim Cooke Park stopbank option decided
The regional council has chosen a standard stopbank with a green belt of existing mature trees along adjacent residential boundaries as the best option for providing future-proofed flood protection on Waikanae River near Jim Cooke Park.
Resource consent will now be sought for this option, which was chosen following close engagement with the Waikanae community. It satisfies key flood protection design criteria and minimises the impact on flood level effects elsewhere.
The stopbank retains many of the mature native trees along the river corridor boundary.
“This is a great result for the neighbourhoods near the river and shows the benefits of working closely together with communities. We’d like to thank the Kapiti community for making such a constructive contribution to a solution which will offer protection for years to come,” says regional councillor Nigel Wilson.
The stopbank was built in 1957 but is too weak to resist a major flood and does not provide the 1-in-100 year level of flood protection agreed with the community in the 1997 Floodplain Management Plan.
Resource consent for construction will be lodged by mid-year, with work scheduled to begin next summer and completed by June 2017.