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Otaki River Floodplain Management Plan

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Otaki River Floodplain Management Plan

Updated 23 December 2014 5:26pm

The Otaki Floodplain Management Plan contains information about the river and the floodplain, the risk of flooding, what has been done to minimise its impact and what is intended to be done in the future. It is a blueprint for the management of the river and floodplain during the next 40 years.

The Plan was published in 1998 after a six-year planning process. The Otaki community was involved in developing the plan at every step, from defining the flood problem, selecting the preferred options, looking at the environmental and economic impacts, through to the preparation of the Plan.

The Plan is a living document that will change and be further developed over time to reflect the changing needs of the community.

Greater Wellington is responsible for managing and supporting the implementation of the Plan. We will do this in partnership with Kapiti Coast District Council  and the Otaki community through its Annual Plan and Business planning process. We fund the management of the river, flood mitigation and flood warning systems through special purpose and regional rates and have a role in emergency management. Kapiti Coast District Council controls land use through the District Plan, funds some flood protection methods and has a major role in emergency management. The Otaki River communities have a crucial ongoing responsibility to maintain public awareness of the risks and potential impacts of flooding.

If you have assets or an interest in the Otaki area it is important that you read the Otaki Floodplain Management Plan.  The plan will inform you about the management of the Otaki floodplain and will show you how to protect your assets from a flood. It will also help answer questions you may have like, Do you live in a flood prone area? or What should you do if there is a flood?

You can view a hard copy of the Plan at the front desks of Greater Wellington or Kapiti Coast District Council or download it by clicking on it in the right-hand box.