Draft OARC Regeneration Plan - 3: A view for the future

A 3D view of how the entire Regeneratino Area could look in the future

The 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor provides four areas of opportunity, comprised of the 345-hectare Green Spine and three Reaches (the Ōtākaro Loop Reach, the Horseshoe Lake Reach and the Eastern Reaches).

The Spatial Plan concepts in the next pages provide an illustration of how these opportunities might be realised in the future. They show a combination of land uses, projects and activities that our current research shows would realise the Vision and contribute to the Objectives for the Regeneration Area over time.

The broad Vision for the Regeneration Area is to provide opportunities for multiple uses within a predominantly natural environment. Foremost, it is a place of connection with each other, with nature and with new possibilities.

The core components of the Spatial Plan that together make up the role and function of the Regeneration Area are:

  • 350 hectares of ecological restoration to regenerate native ecosystems and provide habitat for native birds and mahinga kai.
  • 200,000 trees to be planted.
  • 80 hectares of wetlands to treat 2,600 hectares of stormwater catchment to improve water quality in the Ōtākaro/Avon River.
  • Stopbanks to provide enduring protection from flooding for up to 4,000 homes, with design flexibility to adjust to sea level rise.
  • Identified activity areas that could support higher-density, built development creating opportunities for the private sector, iwi and community.
  • Approximately 150 sections available for ‘edge housing’ to reconnect the Regeneration Area and local neighbourhoods.
  • Six areas to trial adaptable housing.
  • A new east–west road bridge, which would improve community connectivity and resilience.
  • An eleven-kilometre City to Sea path connecting New Brighton and adjacent communities with the city and providing recreational opportunities for walking and cycling.
  • Four new footbridges that would reconnect communities across the river.
  • A Cultural Trail that expresses our identity and history.
  • Eight landings that provide connections to the river, and include bike and kayak hire, toilets, carparks, cafes and retail.

The 602-hectare Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor provides four areas of opportunity, comprised of the 345-hectare Green Spine and three Reaches (the Ōtākaro Loop Reach, the Horseshoe Lake Reach and the Eastern Reaches).

The Spatial Plan concepts in the next pages provide an illustration of how these opportunities might be realised in the future. They show a combination of land uses, projects and activities that our current research shows would realise the Vision and contribute to the Objectives for the Regeneration Area over time.

The broad Vision for the Regeneration Area is to provide opportunities for multiple uses within a predominantly natural environment. Foremost, it is a place of connection with each other, with nature and with new possibilities.

The core components of the Spatial Plan that together make up the role and function of the Regeneration Area are:

  • 350 hectares of ecological restoration to regenerate native ecosystems and provide habitat for native birds and mahinga kai.
  • 200,000 trees to be planted.
  • 80 hectares of wetlands to treat 2,600 hectares of stormwater catchment to improve water quality in the Ōtākaro/Avon River.
  • Stopbanks to provide enduring protection from flooding for up to 4,000 homes, with design flexibility to adjust to sea level rise.
  • Identified activity areas that could support higher-density, built development creating opportunities for the private sector, iwi and community.
  • Approximately 150 sections available for ‘edge housing’ to reconnect the Regeneration Area and local neighbourhoods.
  • Six areas to trial adaptable housing.
  • A new east–west road bridge, which would improve community connectivity and resilience.
  • An eleven-kilometre City to Sea path connecting New Brighton and adjacent communities with the city and providing recreational opportunities for walking and cycling.
  • Four new footbridges that would reconnect communities across the river.
  • A Cultural Trail that expresses our identity and history.
  • Eight landings that provide connections to the river, and include bike and kayak hire, toilets, carparks, cafes and retail.