A well-formed and vibrant city centre attracts people to live, work, play, learn and visit – which in turn produces economic and social benefits.
Christchurch City Council asked people to Share an Idea about the central city recovery. More than 100,000 suggestions were submitted, and were considered in the development of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.
The design and development of the anchor projects will begin immediately, and people will start to see the benefits by the end of 2013. The support of the community of greater Christchurch and New Zealand is crucial to the success. Community involvement will be the litmus test, from providing ideas and participating in projects, to returning to the central city to live, work and enjoy the new facilities and attractions.
The new zoning encourages residential development in all zones and seeks to protect amenity values. One of the anchor projects is a residential demonstration project to show what central city living could be like.
The Recovery Plan also directs the Christchurch City Council in conjunction with CERA to review existing living zones and Special Amenity Areas within the city to ascertain whether the variations are still justified and if rules can be streamlined. The Council is to report to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery by 1 March 2013.
Christchurch Central Recovery Plan community meetings
CERA held community meetings about the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan during August, these meetings were held at the Christchurch Horticultural Centre.
These were opportunities to hear from CERA’s Christchurch Central Development Unit about the design and Plan for the new central city.