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Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan

The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Dr Megan Woods announced on 23 August 2019 that she had approved the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan (Regeneration Plan) under section 38 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 (GCR Act).

Read more about Dr Woods announcing approval of the Proposal on the Beehive website. 

The approval was gazetted on 23 August 2019. 

Developed by Regenerate Christchurch, the Regeneration Plan is intended to support the regeneration of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, providing a vision and objectives for short, medium and long-term future land uses and opportunities for the 602-hectare area in the heart of east Christchurch.

The Regeneration Plan is a milestone in the City’s regeneration and a further step in the return to local leadership. It takes effect on 30 August 2019.

The decision will be publicly notified in The Press on Saturday 24 August 2019.

Decision to approve the Regeneration Plan

In making her decision whether to approve the draft Regeneration Plan, the Minister considered the draft Regeneration Plan in line with the requirements of the GCR Act.

These include, among other matters, considering the feedback provided by key partners and the community and how these views have been addressed, the public interest, and financial implications.

Partial Revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan

Regenerate Christchurch also prepared a proposal for the partial revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan for the Minister to consider. If the partial revocation was not approved part of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and part of the Regeneration Plan would have applied to the same area of the OARC. The partial revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan avoids this potential for inconsistencies and confusion. The partial revocation was also approved by the Minister.

Reference copies of both the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan and the addendum to the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (resulting from the approval of the Partial Revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan) will be available from 28 August 2019 at Christchurch City Council service centres and libraries, and at the main office of Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils.

Overview of the draft Regeneration Plan Process

The draft Regeneration Plan began with the release of an Outline for the Plan, by Regenerate Christchurch, which was gazetted on 6 April 2017.

Gazette notice for the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan

Regenerate Christchurch used ideas, suggestions and proposals received together with information gathered during 2017 to identify 10 possible combinations of land uses. 

Feedback on these land use combinations was used to develop a shortlist of options that included a Green Spine running through the length of the Ōtākaro Avon River from the city to the sea and three distinct areas or ‘reaches’. 

Regenerate Christchurch sought feedback on this shortlist from 26 May and 30 June 2018 through the Red Zone Futures exhibition. 

The Red Zone Futures exhibition

Feedback received during the exhibition period helped to inform the draft Regeneration Plan.

On 13 September 2018, Regenerate Christchurch sought the views of Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Regional Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Ōtākaro Limited and the chief executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on a draft Regeneration Plan. They had 30 working days to provide their views.

The public were then invited to make written comments on the subsequent draft Regeneration Plan from 14 November to 19 December 2018.

14 November 2018 draft Ōtākaro Avon River Regeneration Plan

Following the written comment period, Regenerate Christchurch considered the comments in finalising the draft Regeneration Plan.

Regenerate Christchurch then obtained the consent of Ōtākaro Limited before submitting the finalised draft Regeneration Plan to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration for consideration.

Read more about the draft Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan process

Partial Revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan

Regenerate Christchurch prepared a proposal for the partial revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan for the Minister to consider. The partial revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan was proposed to avoid the potential for inconsistencies and confusion should the draft Regeneration Plan be approved.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

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