Individual Special Rating Districts
The Council administers 23 individual rating districts on the West Coast. Contained within these rating districts are numerous river control and flood protection assets to reduce the severity of impacts from large, low frequency flooding events.
Each rating district appoints a consultative committee consisting of a spokesperson, deputy spokesperson and committee members. Annual meetings are held pursuant to local government meeting procedures with annual work programmes, works and financial reports and rating district requirements such as future targeted rate amounts provided to the committee to aid in informed decision making.
Council’s River Engineers are responsible for maintaining the coastal protection, river and drainage systems within the rating districts to minimise erosion and ensure optimum flood protection for our communities.
Asset Management Planning
The Regional Council is required by the Local Government Act 2002 to prepare Asset Management Plans (AMP) for the protection of assets on our rating districts and to review these at least every three years. Each rating district has an AMP that describes how the council intends to manage the rating district on behalf of the affected community and sets out the history of the scheme so there is a record of the major decisions, including expenditure. It identifies the objectives of the scheme as well as the methods of monitoring the condition of the assets, determining the annual maintenance needed to retain the service level and the long-term planning and management goals that are taken into account when delivering the service.
The Neils Beach Rating District was formed in October 2016 to fund beach nourishment and coastal protection works.
After an initial approach from concerned ratepayers in early 2014, regarding increased erosion along the foreshore fronting the Neils Beach Settlement in South Westland, an initial inspection was carried out on 1 April 2014 by WCRC staff with an informal group of local property owners, to determine the risk and discuss possible future remedial action for the area.
Rating District Maps