The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Dr Megan Woods announced on 11 March 2019 that she had received the draft Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan (draft Regeneration Plan) for consideration.
Developed by Regenerate Christchurch, the draft 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.
In making her decision whether to approve the draft Regeneration Plan, the Minister will take time to consider the draft Regeneration Plan, in line with the requirements of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Partial Revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan
Regenerate Christchurch has also prepared a proposal for the partial revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan for the Minister to consider. The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and the draft Regeneration Plan, should it be approved, apply to the same area. The partial revocation of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan has been proposed to avoid the potential for inconsistencies and confusion should the draft Regeneration Plan be approved.