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Hagley Oval – Section 71 Proposal

Proposal to exercise the powers under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to amend the Christchurch District Plan to provide for the operation and use of Hagley Oval.

The written comment period has closed.

The opportunity to make a written comment on the Proposal closed at 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019.

The written comments received will be considered and will help Hon Poto Williams, the Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration (the Minister) decide whether to approve the Proposal.

Under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act, the Minister has up to 30 working days after the close of the written comment period to make her decision.

This means, because of the Christmas/New Year break, the Minister is required to make her decision by 4 February 2020.

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Overview of the Proposal

The Proposal applies to Hagley Oval located at South Hagley Park, 57 Riccarton Avenue Christchurch and was prepared by Regenerate Christchurch on behalf of the Canterbury Cricket Trust.

Regenerate Christchurch considers using section 71 would be more efficient than making the changes using other planning processes such as those in the Resource Management Act 1991.

The Minister received the Proposal from Regenerate Christchurch, and on Tuesday, 15 October, the Minister announced that she had decided to notify the Proposal and invite people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

Supporting technical information referred to in the Proposal was later made available on Regenerate Christchurch's website: http://www.regeneratechristchurch.nz/hagley-oval/.

See The Written Comment Period section below for more detail.

The written comment period

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website and in the Gazette on Tuesday, 15 October and The Press on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, and invited people to give their views in writing on the Proposal by 5pm, Wednesday 20 November 2019.

On Monday, 11 November, it was announced the Minister had decided to extend the written comment period by eight working days, from 5pm, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 to 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019 after it was brought to her attention that supporting technical information referred to in the Proposal was not publicly available.

The information was then made available on Regenerate Christchurch's website.

The decision to extend the written comment period was publicly notified on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website on Monday 11 November, in the Gazette on Tuesday, 12 November and The Press on Thursday, 14 November 2019.

In light of supporting technical information being made available, people who had already made their written comment were able to amend or update their existing written comment by email or post.

Anyone could make a written comment.

Written comments, new or amended, had to be received by 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019.

All written comments received will be considered and will help the Minister decide whether to approve the Proposal.

About the Proposal

(please refer to the Proposal for more detail)

The proposed changes to the rules in the District Plan would replace the need for the Canterbury Cricket Trust to make any future application for resource consent in respect of those rules covered by the Proposal.

The rule changes relate to, amongst other things, flood lighting and the number of match days allowed.

The Trust's current 2013 resource consent allows for four retractable lighting poles. The proposed changes to the District Plan would permit six permanent floodlighting poles and structures.

Regenerate Christchurch advises the proposed lighting changes would meet international broadcasting standards and enable Christchurch to bid for "top-tier" international cricket matches in addition to the matches that can be bid for currently.

It is noted there is a deadline of 20 December 2019 for a Christchurch bid to host "top-tier" games - such as a final - of the 2021 Women's Cricket World Cup.

A table summarising what is currently permitted (through the existing Resource Consent) compared with the proposed amendments to the District Plan is in Appendix 2 of the Proposal.

Supporting technical information referred to in the Proposal was later made available on Regenerate Christchurch’s website: http://www.regeneratechristchurch.nz/hagley-oval/

Christchurch City Council – separate Reserves Act process

In addition to the section 71 process, in order to install permanent floodlights the Canterbury Cricket Trust also requires a new lease with Christchurch City Council, which manages Hagley Park.

The Council is required by the Reserves Act to undertake public consultation of at least one calendar month when considering a new lease. The Council's consultation started on Wednesday, 16 October and closed on Monday, 18 November 2019.

For more information about this process visit ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay

Note: this is a legally separate and independent process to the section 71 process. To be considered by both processes comments had to be submitted to both the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Christchurch City Council.

Background to the process

In developing the Proposal, Regenerate Christchurch asked the strategic partners (Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury, Ngai Tahu, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils), and the Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for feedback on a draft of the Proposal, as part of the process required by the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016.

Regenerate Christchurch considered the feedback in finalising the Proposal.

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website and in the Gazette on Tuesday, 15 October, and The Press on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, and invited people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

The Minister publicly notified the extension to the written comment period on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website on Monday, 11 November, in the Gazette on Tuesday, 12 November and The Press on Thursday, 14 November 2019.

Anyone could make a written comment, which had to be received by 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019.

All written comments will be considered and will help the Minister decide whether to approve the Proposal.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 5 December 2019

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