The Preliminary Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan was released on 5 February 2016. 

In 2014 Canvas asked you for your opinions on the future use of residential red zone lane in the Waimakariri District. In 2015 we updated technical data on the land and identified some broad types of possible land use.

'Let's Plan' - the Preliminary Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan took the process a significant step further. After consideration of the community's feedback, technical information, economic, cultural, social and environmental wellbeing factors, a range of potential land uses were identified for the five specific regeneration areas of Kaiapoi West, Kaiapoi East, Kaiapoi South, Kairaki and Pines Beach.

A major focus of this plan was to move away from the stigma that has become attached to 'red zone' land and see these areas of regeneration as attractive, enjoyable and vibrant places for all the community to use.

The Council provided the draft Recovery Plan to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery in August 2016. The Minister approved the plan on Tuesday 13 December 2016. The Recovery Plan contains proposed land uses and activities for the five regeneration areas and these include new parks and reserves, walking and cycling links, a BMX track, a dog park, mixed use business areas, provision for heritage and mahinga kai activities, roads and infrastructure sites and rural activities. 

The next step is the implementation of the plan. Some projects will be completed in the short to medium term (one to five years) and others will take longer (out to 30 years).

Council will lead the implementation working with its key partners; the Crown, Te Rῡnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Ngāi Tῡāhuriri Rῡnanga, and Environment Canterbury; the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board, resident and community groups and the community.

Before Council can start implementing the Recovery Plan we need to work with the Crown to determine how the regeneration areas will be transferred to Council (and others). This is called the land divestment process. While this is occurring we will continue with more detailed planning.

The planning will include design work to help bring the ideas identified in the plan, for land use and activities, to life.

The community will be involved in the design and planning of the Regeneration Areas, particularly the proposed new green spaces. There will also be opportunities for the community to work with Council on some projects in the regeneration areas for example edible landscapes (food forests) and native revegetation.

The first steps of the implementation are underway and began in early 2017. These involve:

  • Working with the Crown on a Land Divestment Plan
  • Preparing a timeline/schedule for regeneration area projects
  • Preparing a Participation Strategy which will outline how the community can be involved in the regeneration areas

Find out more on the Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan website.