Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Gerry Brownlee is encouraging people to have a say on a draft plan for the future use of the residential red zones in Canterbury’s Waimakariri District.
“I have received the Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan from the Waimakariri District Council, and I thank the Council for its work in producing this comprehensive document,” Mr Brownlee says.
“Last year I asked the Council to produce a draft recovery plan for 84 hectares of largely Crown-owned land in Kaiapoi, Kairaki and The Pines Beach red zoned due to damage caused by the earthquakes.
“The proposals in the draft plan have drawn on analysis of hazards and other land issues, and a range of public feedback that began back in 2014 when the Canvas public consultation campaign gauged what people wanted for the red zones.
“Features of the draft plan include recommendations for interim and long term uses such as sports fields and recreation, a dog park, a memorial garden, and business uses.
“People now have the chance over the next four weeks to view the draft plan and have their say on the proposed future uses for different areas.
“What happens with this land will play a big part in the future prosperity of the whole Waimakariri District and will have impacts right across greater Christchurch, so I hope people take the time to have a look and give their thoughts,” Mr Brownlee says.
After the period of public feedback on the draft plan ends on 1 September 2016, the feedback will be analysed by officials and advice provided to the Minister along with the draft plan to make a decision or whether or not to approve the plan, or to make any changes. A final Ministerial decision is expected later this year.
Mr Brownlee says his process for the red zones in the Waimakariri District is separate to that for the red zones in Christchurch city.
“The process of gathering the public’s views on the future use of the Christchurch red zones will be led by new entity Regenerate Christchurch, and it will provide more information about this over time.”
The Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan can be viewed and commented on at www.dpmc.govt.nz/future-use; on the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Facebook page; or in hard copy at libraries and service centres around greater Christchurch, with supplied feedback forms that can be sent by freepost. Comment on the draft plan can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WRITTEN COMMENT STAGE
On Monday 1 August 2016 the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, (the Minister) received the Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan (Draft Recovery Plan) from the Waimakariri District Council (WDC).
Completion of the Draft Recovery Plan, and the proposals in it for the future use of the Waimakariri red zones, represent a significant step for the recovery and regeneration of the Waimakariri District and greater Christchurch from the impacts of the Canterbury earthquakes.
WDC developed the Draft Recovery Plan in consultation with the community, and with support from Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and the Greater Christchurch Group.
The Minister publicly notified the Draft Recovery Plan on Wednesday 3 August 2016, and invited people to give their views in writing on the proposals in the Draft Recovery Plan.
The public notice
All written comments will be considered and will help the Minister make decisions on the final Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan.
Anyone can make a written comment, which must be received by 5pm, Thursday 1 September 2016.
HOW YOU CAN PROVIDE YOUR FEEDBACK
There are several ways you can give us your feedback.
Choose the one that suits you.
Pick up a freepost written comment form from the Waimakariri District, Christchurch City, and Selwyn District Council offices, services centres and libraries
Or post feedback to:
Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan
Greater Christchurch Group
Private Bag 4999
Whichever method you choose, all written comments must be received by 5pm, Thursday 1 September 2016.