Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan Presented to Minister

The Waimakariri District Council has presented a Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan to the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Gerry Brownlee.

The Draft Plan is the culmination of extensive consultation with the community and plan preparation over the past twelve months. It outlines possible future uses for the areas Kaiapoi,  The Pines Beach and Kairaki which were red-zoned in 2011.

Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers sees the Draft Plan as a significant step forward in the  regeneration process for the District.

“Preparation of this Draft Plan has been a complex, thorough and lengthy process”, he says.

 “Balancing the views of different communities with the range of business, cultural, neighbourhood, social and environmental factors involved was always going to be challenging. 

Our work needed to be based on up-to-date, robust geotechnical information and balanced with the funding needed to realise the proposals in the Draft Plan – it has been a rewarding exercise in collaboration for the Council, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Environment Canterbury,  the former Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and the community to bring the whole project together“.

The Draft Plan will rest with the Minister for consideration after one further opportunity for public feedback on what is proposed. He will consider approval of the Plan and whether any amendments are necessary.

Mayor Ayers says that one of the future challenges, once the Draft Plan has been considered and if approved, will be the balance that needs to be struck between community expectations, timing and available funding.

“Once we have a finalised Plan there is still a long way to go in confirming the funding necessary and the specific shape of any projects that are mooted in the future. Detailed planning will require, and benefit from, further community involvement”, he said.

Contact: Simon Markham - Earthquake Recovery Manager

Phone: 03 311 8900