13 May 2015

Town waits for quake risk report

8:40 am on 13 May 2015

The release of a report that could decide the future of a West Coast tourism village has been delayed.

The Alpine Fault is marked out on satellite images by the western edge of the Southern Alps snowline.

The Alpine Fault is marked out on satellite images by the western edge of the Southern Alps snowline. Photo: NASA

On 30 April, independent commissioners heard submissions from Franz Josef businesses and residents on the Westland District Council's proposed zoning based on the risk of earthquakes.

Under the proposal, property owners in one zone would be unable to expand or develop their buildings.

Businesses and residents voiced concerns the proposed earthquake plan would leave them hamstrung, and the town centre derelict.

The report report was due to be made public on Monday last week but the Westland District Council is yet to release it.