26 May 2016

Second peer review terms approved over sea level rise report

7:23 pm on 26 May 2016

A controversial report which said 18,000 coastal properties are at risk of sea level rise has had terms approved for a second peer review after opposition from residents.

Christchurch City Council approved terms of reference for the second review of its controversial coastal hazards report.

The report was pulled from planning changes after widespread opposition from residents, who objected to being included in a list of 18,000 properties judged prone to inundation as a result of sea level rise over the next 50 to 100 years.

The terms of reference were written by independent consultants and followed consultation with affected communities.

The review would look at whether the original report represented good science and whether its findings should inform future planning decisions.

It will be completed by the end of July.