Draft OARC Regeneration Plan - 1: The process we used

Overview shot of the Red Zone Futures exhibition

This draft Regeneration Plan has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Act 2016 and the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

This draft Regeneration Plan is a significant document. Once approved, and until the Greater Christchurch Recovery Act expires in June 2021, any person exercising powers or performing identified functions under the Resource Management Act 1991 must not make a decision or recommendation that is inconsistent with this Regeneration Plan. This includes decisions on resource consents and preparing or changing planning documents. The draft Regeneration Plan also proposes amendments to existing planning documents as set out in Appendix 1. The Supplementary Information Document includes further analysis of the relevant amendments to the planning provisions.

Nothing in the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 affects the operation of the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998.

The process to develop the draft Regeneration Plan

The process to develop the draft Regeneration Plan is set out in the Outline and summarised in the Supplementary Information Document. It incorporated the following steps.

Research

Regenerate Christchurch engaged with the community to understand the needs of Christchurch communities and seek ideas for how the Regeneration Area could meet these needs, including through a Community Needs Survey.

Visioning

The Vision and Objectives were developed following public, stakeholder and strategic partner feedback and these played a critical role in the identification, assessment and evaluation of the wide range of possible land uses and activities that might be included in this draft Regeneration Plan.

Land Use Assessment Criteria were developed based on the Vision and Objectives to assist in comparing possible combinations of land uses and activities for the Regeneration Area and to determine which combinations might meet the Vision and Objectives based on current data.

Design

Land uses and land use combinations were identified, drawing on the ideas, proposals and suggestions gathered during the Research and Visioning steps. In a series of steps, these were tested through a wide range of technical assessment criteria and public engagement that culminated in the significant Red Zone Futures Exhibition in May and June 2018. These processes determined the preferred land uses and activities described in this draft Regeneration Plan.

Creating the draft Plan

Each previous step contributed important information to enable the development of this draft Regeneration Plan. On 14 November 2018 Regenerate Christchurch publicly notified this draft Regeneration Plan and invited written comments.

Next statutory steps

Regenerate Christchurch will seek Ōtākaro Limited’s consent to submit the draft Regeneration Plan to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration.

Regenerate Christchurch will submit the draft Regeneration Plan to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration for consideration.


What did the community research tell us?

The Community Needs Survey (February–March 2017) produced the following themes to inform the development of the Vision and Objectives:

  • A desire to protect and restore the natural environment of the Regeneration Area, with a particular focus on the protection of groundwater and enhancement of water quality.
  • Safe, well-designed spaces that are resilient to hazards and adaptable to climate change.
  • Opportunities for people from different communities to gather and connect.

Who did Regenerate Christchurch engage with?

Regenerate Christchurch prioritised engagement with all sections of the community in the development of this draft Regeneration Plan. This included:

  • Close working relationships with partners: Christchurch City Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Ōtākaro Limited and the Crown.
  • Regular communications with the owners of private properties that remain within the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.
  • Specialist advisory groups including community members and local and international technical experts.
  • Engagement with groups including the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group, Community Language Information Network Group, and representatives from the business sector, Pasifika communities, the faith-based sector and non-government organisations.
  • Extensive engagement with children and young people.

This draft Regeneration Plan has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Greater Christchurch Recovery Act 2016 and the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

This draft Regeneration Plan is a significant document. Once approved, and until the Greater Christchurch Recovery Act expires in June 2021, any person exercising powers or performing identified functions under the Resource Management Act 1991 must not make a decision or recommendation that is inconsistent with this Regeneration Plan. This includes decisions on resource consents and preparing or changing planning documents. The draft Regeneration Plan also proposes amendments to existing planning documents as set out in Appendix 1. The Supplementary Information Document includes further analysis of the relevant amendments to the planning provisions.

Nothing in the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 affects the operation of the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998.

The process to develop the draft Regeneration Plan

The process to develop the draft Regeneration Plan is set out in the Outline and summarised in the Supplementary Information Document. It incorporated the following steps.

Research

Regenerate Christchurch engaged with the community to understand the needs of Christchurch communities and seek ideas for how the Regeneration Area could meet these needs, including through a Community Needs Survey.

Visioning

The Vision and Objectives were developed following public, stakeholder and strategic partner feedback and these played a critical role in the identification, assessment and evaluation of the wide range of possible land uses and activities that might be included in this draft Regeneration Plan.

Land Use Assessment Criteria were developed based on the Vision and Objectives to assist in comparing possible combinations of land uses and activities for the Regeneration Area and to determine which combinations might meet the Vision and Objectives based on current data.

Design

Land uses and land use combinations were identified, drawing on the ideas, proposals and suggestions gathered during the Research and Visioning steps. In a series of steps, these were tested through a wide range of technical assessment criteria and public engagement that culminated in the significant Red Zone Futures Exhibition in May and June 2018. These processes determined the preferred land uses and activities described in this draft Regeneration Plan.

Creating the draft Plan

Each previous step contributed important information to enable the development of this draft Regeneration Plan. On 14 November 2018 Regenerate Christchurch publicly notified this draft Regeneration Plan and invited written comments.

Next statutory steps

Regenerate Christchurch will seek Ōtākaro Limited’s consent to submit the draft Regeneration Plan to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration.

Regenerate Christchurch will submit the draft Regeneration Plan to the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration for consideration.


What did the community research tell us?

The Community Needs Survey (February–March 2017) produced the following themes to inform the development of the Vision and Objectives:

  • A desire to protect and restore the natural environment of the Regeneration Area, with a particular focus on the protection of groundwater and enhancement of water quality.
  • Safe, well-designed spaces that are resilient to hazards and adaptable to climate change.
  • Opportunities for people from different communities to gather and connect.

Who did Regenerate Christchurch engage with?

Regenerate Christchurch prioritised engagement with all sections of the community in the development of this draft Regeneration Plan. This included:

  • Close working relationships with partners: Christchurch City Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Ōtākaro Limited and the Crown.
  • Regular communications with the owners of private properties that remain within the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.
  • Specialist advisory groups including community members and local and international technical experts.
  • Engagement with groups including the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group, Community Language Information Network Group, and representatives from the business sector, Pasifika communities, the faith-based sector and non-government organisations.
  • Extensive engagement with children and young people.