Council consults on proposed earthquake-prone priority buildings

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Council consults on proposed earthquake-prone priority buildings

Wellington City Council is seeking feedback on proposed priority earthquake-prone buildings, including those on key transport and emergency routes, which will need to be strengthened in a shorter timeframe.

“The council has to work with the community to identify other priority buildings that could fall on to busy traffic and emergency transport routes,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said. “It will be critical for these routes to remain open and not be blocked by falling masonry or risky buildings.

“Such strengthening work also obviously makes it safer for the public during a quake. The council is also investing in making the city’s infrastructure more resilient.”

Wellington Council infrastructure and sustainability portfolio leader Councillor Iona Pannett, meanwhile, said the council is very aware of the pressure that will come on building owners if their building is identified as priority.

“Part of the consultation asks about the support the council currently provides – such as rates remissions, consent subsidies, funding for heritage buildings and advice and guidance,” Pannett explained. “It’s important that we hear from people and understand how we can provide support before making any final decisions.

“I’m also willing to talk to any group that wants to hear from the council about the process,” she added.