Case studies on national and international approaches to risk reduction through land use planning

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Saunders, W.S.A.; Beban, J.G.; Taig, T.; Morris, B.; Mieler, D.H.; Massey, C.I. 2014 Case studies on national and international approaches to risk reduction through land use planning. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2014/46 67 p.

Abstract: Since the Canterbury earthquakes (2010–2011), there have been calls from numerous sources to better manage risks from natural hazards in New Zealand. Land use planning is one tool available to achieve this, governed by the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). This report provides six case studies of risk management approaches to natural hazard risk reduction. The cases focus on the Port Hills recovery in Christchurch; the collaborative approach to flood management in Thames; how scientific advice contributed to improving the outcomes of Proposed Plan Change 29: Proposed zoning change to the western end of Petone; the SPUR earthquake initiative in San Francisco; Queensland flood management; and flood and hazardous installation management in the UK. Based on the case studies, recommendations for improving risk reduction in land use planning are based on five critical success factors: legislation, leadership, collaboration, information and education, and managed retreat. (auth)