The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration (the Minister) Hon Dr Megan Woods has introduced a Bill to make proposed amendments to the Greater Christchurch Regeneration (GCR) Act.
Read the Minister’s announcement of the Amendment Bill on the Beehive Website: Bill to Amend the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act.
The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Bill, which is aimed at accelerating the transition of regeneration to local leadership in greater Christchurch, was introduced to the House on Wednesday 19 February 2020.
If passed, most of the changes would come into effect in mid-2020.
For more information about the process, read the "How a bill becomes law" page on the Parliament website.
Why amend the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act?
The amendments are being proposed, because there are provisions in the GCR Act that now appear unnecessary given the progress that has been made on regeneration in Greater Christchurch.
Much of what is being proposed was identified in the last annual review of the Act, which concluded that given the considerable progress on key regeneration milestones, there is no longer a need for the legislation in its current form and making changes now will support the progressive move towards local leadership in greater Christchurch.
The proposed amendments include:
- removal of the Minister's power to suspend, amend or revoke certain plans or policies under section 71 of the GCR Act;
- bringing forward the planned disestablishment and transition of Crown-Council agency Regenerate Christchurch's leadership responsibilities, knowledge and assets to support ongoing regeneration and
- extension of some of the land powers used by LINZ for land title reconfiguation out to 30 June 2023 to support the transfer of residential red zone land in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor to Christchurch City Council (compulsory land acquisition powers are not being extended)
Regulatory Impact Statement
To support decision making on the proposed amendments, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet was required to develop a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA).
A RIA must be produced for regulatory changes. It includes analysis of the problems and opportunities that the proposed change(s) should address and considers options available to address these assessed against specific criteria.
Read the RIS for the proposed bill:
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What is the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act?
The GCR Act was created in 2016 to help speed up the regeneration process by facilitating ongoing planning as well as ensuring community and local leadership input in decisions.
The intention has always been to return the ongoing regeneration of Christchurch to full local leadership and for the Crown to step back from its extraordinary responsibilities.
This was signalled when the GCR Act was passed, where the Crown's functions would be wound down and the GCR Act repealed on 30 June 2021.