New homes in some Dunedin coastal
areas will have to be built higher off the ground under new
rules to protect against an increased risk of flooding from
rising sea levels.
The change, announced by the Dunedin City Council today, will
apply to the floor levels of residential or communal
buildings and extensions but not to industrial or commercial
The council has signalled the change in a reference which
would be added to the Land Information Memorandums (LIMs) of
the properties likely to be affected today.
The change would not apply to South Dunedin, because of the
protection provided by sand dunes and the way the area has