Thames Coromandel’s Coastal Environment Line.  Why it’s Important

The Coastal Environment (CEL) is the inland area from mean high water springs subject to coastal processes and influences with significant coastal qualities. Where the line is drawn by Thames Coromandel District Council (TCDC) has a huge bearing on where coastal development can take place around the District’s 400 km of coastline, and to what scale. 

TCDC’s initial CEL took a very “developer-friendly” position and drew the line very close to the high-water mark and omitted all major coastal settlements in the District, such as Thames, Whitianga Whangamata and Coromandel.  (green line on the maps).  TCDC got this horribly wrong.  After appeals, TCDC has backed down, at huge cost to ratepayers.  Now, the line will include coastal settlements and be much further inland.Read More »