Strategic Routes and Priority Thoroughfares

​​Help us identify the routes important for the safety of your community

Waitaki District Council is seeking public feedback on its Statement of Proposal on the identification of priority thoroughfares and strategic routes, as required under the Building Act 2004.

The consultation uses the Special Consultative Procedure under section 83 and 87 of the Local Government Act 2002. The special consultative procedure gives the public an opportunity to make submissions and provide feedback on the proposal. Once the submission period closes, Council will conduct hearings for anyone who wishes to speak in support of their submissions.​

Download a copy of our Statement of Proposal for Strategic Routes and Priority Thoroughfares consultation document and submission form here:

Strategic Routes and Priority Thoroughfares consultation document

Strategic Routes consultation document.pdf (3.1MB)


A New Way

New Zealand is more prone to earthquake events than some other parts of the world. Events in recent years have led to a review of how we can best manage and lower the risk to public safety that is currently posed by certain buildings in the event of an earthquake.

Out of this review came the Building (Earthquake Prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016. This Act and it’s methodology has introduced a consistent system across New Zealand for identifying and remediating Earthquake-Prone buildings.

The assessment of earthquake-prone buildings is based on seismic risk areas – high, medium and low. The legislation introduces set timeframes to assess and remediate buildings.

It focuses on the most vulnerable buildings in terms of public safety, primarily non-residential buildings; although it does include larger residential buildings of 2 or more stories containing 3 or more household units few of which exist in Oamaru.

Access relevant links to the legislation and related information on our Earthquake Prone Building​ page.

Visit the Building Performance website for information on the new regime around earthquake-prone buildings.

What's this consultation all about?​

To make our communities safer the legislation requires Councils to identify what are called ‘Priority Buildings’.

Priority buildings pose a high risk to life safety, or are critical to recovery in an emergency.

Some buildings are automatically categorised as priority buildings based on their purpose (e.g. hospitals, emergency response services such as police).

Other buildings may be identified as priority buildings due to their proximity to priority thoroughfares and strategic routes and their potential for failure in an earthquake.

To identify priority buildings we must first identify priority thoroughfares and strategic routes.

A thoroughfare may warrant prioritising due to it’s high pedestrian and vehicular movements, and if it is at risk if an Unreinforced Masonry Building (URM) was to collapse on it during an earthquake.

A strategic route may warrant prioritisation if the route would be blocked should a URM collapse on it during an earthquake, preventing emergency response. These strategic routes are routes for emergency services to gain access after an event, and are essential for a number of reasons, most importantly saving lives. Buildings impeding a strategic transport route in an earthquake could delay an emergency response to the detriment of the community (I.E. loss of life, if access to emergency care is not possible).

As part of this process we are seeking your views on the routes you use the most when you travel in a vehicle, bike or on foot.​

Find maps of the proposed priority thoroughfares and strategic routes in our consultation document.

You can also view the proposed priority thoroughfares and strategic routes​ by clicking on the map below:


Assessing Priority Buildings

Once identification of priority thoroughfares and strategic routes has been confirmed by Council, this will then enable us to assess any priority (URM) buildings alongside these routes.

In the medium risk zone area, a priority building owner will be contacted within the first 5 years of assessments under the Act. If buildings are assessed below 34%NBS, owners will be required to remediate them in the following 12.5years.​

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