Recovery Plan An Award Winner!

Its’ recommendations were ticked off by the government… now the Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan has received further kudos after it won the Nancy Northcroft Award, which is the New Zealand Planning's Institute’s supreme award and the award for Best Practice Strategic Planning and Guidance.

NZPI chief executive David Curtis says the judges drew attention to how the project “displayed innovative and creative excellence in planning, community engagement and leadership, successfully responding to complex planning and technical requirements across three distinct regeneration areas within a relatively short time frame.

“The plan provides a good balance between certainty and flexibility in land uses and successfully integrates the proposed land uses within the wider community and planning framework.”

NZPI, which has been around since 1949, promotes planning excellence, delivering training, networking and education in best practice to its members throughout New Zealand.

Its annual awards evening in Wellington reflected that, with the recipients all acknowledged for best practice in planning processes.

Kaiapoi-based councillor, Cr Neville Atkinson, accepted the awards on the District’s behalf.

The categories in which Waimakariri was successful, capture elements of both planning and community participation.

These were the core of the Red Zone Recovery process, which was later acknowledged by the government when the Minister for Earthquake Recovery, Gerry Brownlee, signed off on the plan late last year.

Council had been directed by the Minister to prepare a Draft Recovery Plan identifying uses for the residential red zone land within the Kaiapoi, Kairaki and Pines Beach areas, where over a fifth of the total residential space (more than 100 hectares) fell under red zone classification.

With the ultimate aim of making these spaces attractive, enjoyable and exciting places to live, work and visit, the Red Zone Recovery sought an active involvement from the community and other stakeholders to finalise the regeneration plan.

Community involvement ranged from primary school kids through to the elderly, residents from within the regeneration areas had their say, as did central Government, infrastructure providers, Ngai Tahu and Ngai Tūāhuriri.

The wide-ranging nature of the consultation was critical to ensure that everyone had the chance to contribute to the final proposal.

The NZPI award was further recognition that the inclusiveness of the strategy was successful, and will leave a commonly agreed legacy in these areas for the generations to come.

Watch the nomination video presented by Councillor Neville Atkinson below.