The area south of Tuam St could become Christchurch's new red-light district because authorities want to keep brothels out of other parts of the central city.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) has raised concerns that a proposed city council bylaw allowing brothels to operate in the central-city commercial zones does not align with its vision for the area.
It has written to the council urging it make changes to the bylaw so that key areas of the central city are kept brothel-free. It wants the bylaw amended to prohibit brothels and any signs relating to commercial sex services from being set up in the new eastern and southern frames and the seven other areas of the central business district it has designated for key anchor projects.
Its suggested changes radically reduce the area of the CBD in which brothels are allowed to operate and are likely to force the council into a rethink.
The bylaw was drafted before the release of the recovery plan for the central city and allowed for brothels to be set up in commercial business areas across the CBD provided they were not immediately adjacent to important open spaces such as Cathedral Square and Worcester Blvd.