‘No red zone fi­nal de­ci­sions’

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Eco­log­i­cal restora­tion, wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties and eco-sanc­tu­ar­ies are prov­ing the most pop­u­lar ideas for Christchurch’s res­i­den­tial red zone.

Nearly 2000 peo­ple gave their thoughts on how Re­gen­er­ate Christchurch should de­velop the 602 hectares, dubbed the O¯ ta¯ karo Avon River Cor­ri­dor Re­gen­er­a­tion Area.

Half of the agency’s 10 pos­si­ble land-use com­bi­na­tions in­cluded res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment in the area, which runs from Bar­ba­does St to Bex­ley.

‘‘Most peo­ple did not sup­port any large-scale de­vel­op­ment,’’ a Re­gen­er­ate Christchurch state­ment read, but ‘‘there was sup­port for in­no­va­tive and adapt­able hous­ing’’.

The Crown-coun­cil agency in­vited feed­back to the plan over four weeks. It would re­fine its options be­fore a ma­jor public ex­hi­bi­tion early next year.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Ivan Iafeta said the ex­hi­bi­tion was ‘‘the most im­por­tant stage’’ of plan­ning as peo­ple could dis­cuss cost and ben­e­fits, land use and pro­ject time­frames.

‘‘The ex­hib­ited options could be drawn from the 10 com­bi­na­tions, or a mix-and-match of those ideas and land uses,’’ he said.

‘‘The ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude de­sign plans for the re­fined short­list of land use options ... We will give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide feed­back in a range of ways and over a longer time­frame.’’

Iafeta said com­mon themes emerged from the feed­back, in­clud­ing eco­log­i­cal restora­tion, flat­wa­ter or white­wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties and eco-sanc­tu­ar­ies.

A pro­posed land-swap with Avon­dale and Ra¯ whiti golf cour­ses was not gen­er­ally sup­ported.

Coastal ward coun­cil­lor David East pre­vi­ously said res­i­dents would ‘‘die in a ditch’’ fight­ing to keep Ra¯ whiti Do­main.

Iafeta said the Avon­dale and Ra¯whiti land swap op­tion’s ap­pear­ance in ‘‘a num­ber of’’ the 10 pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tions, ‘‘it’s not an indi­ca­tion of the weight­ing given to the idea’’.

‘‘No fi­nal de­ci­sions have been made re­gard­ing the land-swap idea, or any other idea about how the land could be used.’’

After the ex­hi­bi­tion, Re­gen­er­ate Christchurch will pre­pare a draft Re­gen­er­a­tion Plan, in­clud­ing a pre­ferred land use plan for the area.

The draft plan will con­firm fund­ing, de­liv­ery and gov­er­nance re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. It is ex­pected to be fi­nalised by the end of 2018.


Re­gen­er­ate Christchurch chief ex­ec­u­tive Ivan Iafeta.

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