Pre-event recovery planning for land-use in New Zealand

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Becker, J.S.; Saunders, W.S.A.; Kerr, J.E. 2006 Pre-event recovery planning for land-use in New Zealand. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2006/23 15 p.

Abstract: This report addresses the issue of recovery after a disaster, and presents a methodology for pre-event recovery planning for land-use in New Zealand. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management currently define ‘recovery’ as “The co-ordinated efforts and processes to effect the immediate, medium, and long-term holistic regeneration of a community following a disaster”. Even though recovery is something that happens after a disaster, it is important to consider community recovery issues before an event occurs. By considering issues and solutions before an event occurs, the process of recovery can be greatly improved, resulting in coordinated, efficient and targeted reinstatement of affected areas. This report particularly focuses on how land, or a particular land-use, may be affected by a hazard event, and provides a methodology for how it may be ‘recovered’ or used afterwards. The pre-event land-use recovery methodology is based on the process followed for the Australia/New Zealand Risk Management Standard (4360:2004), and focuses on using existing legislative frameworks and processes already available in New Zealand. The methodology is aimed primarily at local authority land-use planners who deal with land-use issues on a daily basis. However, the methodology will also be useful for a range of people in professions who may be involved with recovery, including civil defence emergency management (e.g. recovery managers); resource, insurance and risk managers; land owners; and developers. The methodology is presented in the form of a flow chart allowing users to follow a comprehensive set of steps in completing the process of planning for land-use recovery. (auth)