Extra provisions for new builds

Monday July 08, 2019 Written by Published in National

Infrastructure Cook Islands will now demand engineering reports for land development that could cause harm to neighbouring properties, including public roads and drains.


This is part of the newly passed Infrastructure Act which has a provision to strengthen the permitting process to ensure that a robust system is in place.

Infrastructure secretary Diane Charlie-Puna said this provision will ensure that property developers and landowners are obtaining the right permissions before they develop land. 

“There is an Environmental Impact Assessment process for certain areas that the Act governs, for example sloping, coastal areas, and streams. What this new Infrastructure Act will ensure is that an engineering report is obtained by the landowner or property developer which addresses areas that their development will impact on,” Charlie-Puna said.

“For example, if they are building on a slope they need to identify their mitigations for water runoff, what their drainage design will be, how they will avoid impact on nearby properties or neighbours, and how water will be diverted.”

Charlie-Puna said the Act is future proofing communities by ensuring that they have a robust permitting process.

This, she added, will address all possible options to minimise impact on public infrastructures or the impact on neighbouring properties. 

“In Muri today, flooding is happening because the natural water pathways have been developed on, streams have been diverted to make way for development. As seen in flooding last year and this year, neighbouring properties were flooded, affected and eroded because water needs to go somewhere.

“This Act will ensure that we avoid these situations in the future.”

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