Cantabrians are being asked to help shape the region’s future by completing a new Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) survey.
Environment Canterbury Chair Peter Scott said the survey asked people to rank conflicting priorities around environmental outcomes and goals, as the Council works to update regional plans and policies that dictate how we live and use the environment.
These include the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement (RPS), which directs all regional and district plans and climate action plans that will enable communities to adapt to and build resilience to climate change risks. Information will also help with future decisions about the level of investment needed to meet central government, mana whenua and community expectations.
“We know people value different things about our unique environment and sometimes those are in competition. We need to understand what’s most important to our community because the decisions we make now will have a lasting impact, so it’s important we get them right.”