Should a proposal to build a new library next to Nelson's largest river wait, until the country has a plan for adapting to the risks of climate change? Climate Commissioner James Renwick said that was up to the community and Nelson City Council to decide. But what the plan was for dealing with climate-related flooding in Nelson's downtown area surrounding the proposed library, was the "real question", he said. The council voted in February for the $44 million building along the Maitai River as its preferred option, over finding a different location for the library, or rebuilding or refurbishing it at its current site. READ MORE: Library decision commits city to millions in flood defences, lobbyists say Climate action plan launched by citizen-led group Renovation trumps relocation as Nelson City Council opts to stay put Council urged to re-consider ‘high risk’ riverside development The public has until Wednesday, April 21 to make submissions on the proposal, through the council's long term plan . Climate lobby group Zero Carbon Nelson Tasman said the proposed site near the river mouth was at high risk from sea level rise and storms, and the council should hold off on the plan until a national… Read full this story
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