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Published Thursday 24 May 2012


A group from the Local Government working party visited Christchurch last month

 

A group from the Local Government working party visited Christchurch on 12 April to meet with the Christchurch City Council (CCC), Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT).

The key purpose of the visit was to inform submissions on CCC’s proposed changes to their Utilities Plan (PC 63); however the trip also opened dialogues with a number of other local government bodies. One of the key topics discussed was a proposed five-year dig moratorium for shared utilities corridors. Other points were discussed, including creating special zoning for locations where there are frequent high-density events (such as Hagley Park), so that a quality service could be provided.

A visit to the red zone gave the group a view of some of the rebuild efforts, challenges and plans. A tour of other parts of the city also highlighted some of the things CCC was keen to avoid, or replicate, in their revised plan. The Local Government Working Party has established an ongoing relationship with CERA and will be actively engaged in discussions over the coming months.