Waimakariri residential red zone future starts to take shape

The Waimakariri District Council has today released ‘Let’s Plan’ – a preliminary draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan.

Let’s Plan sets out a series of broad land use options for Kaiapoi West, East and South and The Pines/Kairaki areas and seeks community comment on these proposals. It is the next step after of a series of consultations with the public, beginning with Canvas in 2014 and continuing with Let’s Discuss in the latter part of 2015. The preliminary draft plan takes into consideration a range of influencing factors including the feedback from the public, cultural and heritage impacts, impacts on neighbouring areas, costs and sustainability.

“The options for land use defined in Let’s Plan include reserve and recreation areas, areas set aside for sports fields, ecological links, business areas, car parking, heritage and Mahinga Kai areas – a very broad range of possible uses”, says District Mayor David Ayers.

“With this plan a more definite future for the regeneration areas starts to take shape – it’s an exciting step for the communities of Kaiapoi and Pines/Kairaki. Although we are not yet down to detailed plans for specific projects with Let’s Plan, what this preliminary draft plan does is lay the foundation for the future development of those individual projects for the areas. What is most important now is that we get the feedback from those communities, and indeed from the wider District, to ensure the community acceptability of the direction outlined.”

Kaiapoi Community Board chair, Robyn Wallace, sees Let’s Plan as a watershed in the progress towards comprehensive community use of the regeneration areas. “For a while now there’s been a level of frustration at the seeming lack of progress in these areas”, she says. “The uses outlined in this preliminary draft plan will allow people to gain a clearer idea of the potential for the areas – as far as our community is concerned this is a first step along a pathway towards creating a tangible future in the Red Zone and an opportunity to be involved in the planning”.

The complete Let’s Plan document will be at all Council Service Centres and Libraries in Kaiapoi, Rangiora and Oxford and also downloadable from www.redzoneplan.nz and the Council website www.waimakariri.govt.nz. For those who would prefer the shorter summary, a twelve page brochure will be delivered to all district households next week. In addition the Council has organised a number of drop-in sessions with a three-dimensional model of the land use proposals and has commissioned a series of short aerial videos of the areas. Details of those are also available through the Council and Red Zone Plan websites.

Contact: David Ayers, Mayor

Phone: 03 311 8900 or 03 327 6834