Community Values

This section will cover two subtopics: Heritage Sites & Areas and Protected Trees

Heritage Sites and Areas

As the District changes over time, identifying significant and clear links with the past contributes to and adds a sense of identity. Historic heritage resources are valued for their quality and ability to create a sense of place and community. These values are directly related to the Significance Criteria set out in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement 2013 (CRPS).

Key Issues:

  • Recognising and correctly identifying Historic Heritage so it can be protected
  • Heritage buildings, in particular, need economic uses which may require adaptation. There is an ongoing need to achieve a balance between protection and development
  • Maintenance of Historic Heritage features must be encouraged and enabled
  • In the wider approach to Historic Heritage, considering private property rights is a must
  • Introducing rules that are overly restrictive is counter-productive to the sustainable management of Historic Heritage
  • Finite resources need to be durable; heritage buildings and sites are often fragile and irreplaceable. The value of heritage features in their original place is far higher than when they are relocated, and the setting of these features provides context
  • A current Inventory of Historic Heritage is important. This list of features is not fixed, in that it can be increased or decreased. It may also accommodate changes to the level of an item’s significance.

What We’re Thinking:

  • The List of Historic Heritage – heritage buildings and sites - is being updated using the criteria specified in the Regional Policy Statement (CRPS). The Canterbury Earthquakes destroyed a number of heritage buildings meaning those remaining are even more important
  • Adding “heritage settings” (i.e., the surroundings of a building) into the List of Historic Heritage as they are often inseparable.

Protected Trees

Trees have environmental qualities, including amenity value and character. In addition to any specific historical or broader community importance they have, Protected Trees provide colour, form and focal points to most urban environments.

In this way, Protected Trees are often important elements in enhancing streetscapes as they provide relief in areas where buildings are dominant. They contribute to the setting of Historic Heritage and new areas of development or land use.

Beyond their aesthetic benefits, they have ecological qualities outside of forested areas, such as providing bird habitats, enabling soil stabilisation and offering wind protection and shade.

The loss of Protected Trees is irreversible, particularly those that have rarity, historical or community value.

Key Issues:

  • The removal or modification of Protected Trees impacts on the character, amenity and environmental qualities of urban and rural areas and the District’s natural and cultural heritage
  • Damage caused by inappropriate pruning, maintenance, and works within the driplines of Protected Trees can adversely affect their health and structural integrity. This damage can result in the loss of environmental and amenity values to the immediate neighbourhood and the District.

What We’re Thinking:

  • Reviewing and updating the Inventory of Protected Trees because trees have been removed or modified since the last inventory
  • Considering new tree entries on the inventory
  • Reviewing and refreshing rules controlling removing and pruning Protected Trees
  • We are also looking closely at land uses within the dripline of the trees which could affect their health.

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