Process for deciding on the refined shortlist of land use options

What is the ‘refined shortlist of land use options’?

The refined shortlist for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor comprises the Green Spine and the Reaches.

The Green Spine is a corridor of land alongside the river which is significantly more prone to liquefaction and lateral spread than other land in the area.

The Reaches are sub-areas outside of the Green Spine: Horseshoe Lake Reach, Ōtākaro Loop Reach and Eastern Reaches.

Read more about the refined shortlist in section 10.5 of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area Management Assessment of Shortlist of Land Use Options.


Deciding on the refined shortlist of land use options

The process was comprehensive and rigorous to ensure we made the best decision. We followed a series of methodical steps, following the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon river Corridor Regeneration Plan.

Each stage of selecting the options, from shortlist to final land use plan, involves assessing the combinations of land uses against the vision, objectives and Land Use Assessment Criteria.

It is important to note that the assessment was against combinations of land uses, and not individual uses, as we wanted to find the best combination of uses across the whole 602 hectare area.

In October 2017 we published ten possible combinations of land uses for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area and invited feedback on those options. We received more than 1800 pieces of feedback.

From here there were three steps:

  1. Asking, did each of the ten possible combinations meet the vision and objectives: only combinations that met all the objectives made it through to the next stage.
  2. Asking, how well did each remaining land use combination meet the vision and objectives. How each combination ranked against the other combinations was also considered and this ranking became one of the criteria for the next step.
  3. Considering the ranking from step 2 and five other factors (see table below): the strategic priorities and objectives of the Crown, Council and Ngāi Tahu; landowner interests; economic benefits and costs; financial and fiscal implications; and risk to achieving the vision and objectives. The criteria were then considered together to decide the best overall combinations to include in the refined shortlist.


This comprehensive and robust process means Regenerate Christchurch’s decisions for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor are based on the best evidence—balancing the key needs of the city and the country. These criteria were used to decide the best overall combinations to include in the refined shortlist:

Effectiveness of meeting vision and objectives
The ranking of options from an analysis against the vision, objectives and weighted effectiveness criteria
Strategic priorities and objectives
Including but not limited to the priorities and objectives of the Crown, Christchurch City Council, and Ngāi Tahu
Landowner interests
Consideration of the interests of current and future land owners
Economic benefits and costs
The financial and non-financial benefits and costs of each option
Financial and fiscal implications
Consideration of the financial and fiscal implications
Risk to achieving vision and objectives
Consideration of the level of uncertainty that the option is able to deliver the vision and objectives



Flatwater facilities

The joint Letter of Expectations to Regenerate Christchurch in 2016 from the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration and the Mayor of Christchurch includes the following statement: “Part of your consideration of the Avon River Corridor land should assess the feasibility of an open water course suitable for international water sports events being constructed in the residential red zone.”

Regenerate Christchurch has extensively examined the feasibility of a wide range of options for a flatwater facility in the Ōtākaro Avon River Regeneration Area. These options include flatwater facilities suitable for international sports competition including rowing, dragon boating, waka ama, kayaking and triathlon. The methodology included validating the needs and issues with sports user groups, technical work with a wide range of independent experts, peer review, economic modelling and multi-criteria analysis.

Initial analysis found an in-river and out-of-river flatwater facility were technically possible but, on their own, would not meet all of the objectives for the regeneration area. However, four land use combinations that included a flatwater facility were capable of meeting all of the objectives and were included in the 10 shortlisted land use combinations published in October 2017.

To refine the shortlist, the 10 combinations were assessed further using the final step in the Land Use Assessment Criteria which determined that none of the combinations that included a flatwater facility were among the best overall for the area. As a result, they are not included in the refined shortlist of land use options.

Residential: Regenerate Christchurch also looked closely at the options for residential development, including a land swap with golf courses for residential development, and published a Development Feasibility Study in October 2017 along with a Residential Land Use Assessment Report.

Read more about the assessment of options in section 10 of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area Management Assessment of Shortlist of Land Use Options.

Key documents

This assessment work was summarised in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area Management Assessment of Shortlist of Land Use Options. It sets out the analysis undertaken for the Regenerate Christchurch Board. The Board decided on the refined shortlist.


What is the ‘refined shortlist of land use options’?

The refined shortlist for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor comprises the Green Spine and the Reaches.

The Green Spine is a corridor of land alongside the river which is significantly more prone to liquefaction and lateral spread than other land in the area.

The Reaches are sub-areas outside of the Green Spine: Horseshoe Lake Reach, Ōtākaro Loop Reach and Eastern Reaches.

Read more about the refined shortlist in section 10.5 of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area Management Assessment of Shortlist of Land Use Options.


Deciding on the refined shortlist of land use options

The process was comprehensive and rigorous to ensure we made the best decision. We followed a series of methodical steps, following the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon river Corridor Regeneration Plan.

Each stage of selecting the options, from shortlist to final land use plan, involves assessing the combinations of land uses against the vision, objectives and Land Use Assessment Criteria.

It is important to note that the assessment was against combinations of land uses, and not individual uses, as we wanted to find the best combination of uses across the whole 602 hectare area.

In October 2017 we published ten possible combinations of land uses for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area and invited feedback on those options. We received more than 1800 pieces of feedback.

From here there were three steps:

  1. Asking, did each of the ten possible combinations meet the vision and objectives: only combinations that met all the objectives made it through to the next stage.
  2. Asking, how well did each remaining land use combination meet the vision and objectives. How each combination ranked against the other combinations was also considered and this ranking became one of the criteria for the next step.
  3. Considering the ranking from step 2 and five other factors (see table below): the strategic priorities and objectives of the Crown, Council and Ngāi Tahu; landowner interests; economic benefits and costs; financial and fiscal implications; and risk to achieving the vision and objectives. The criteria were then considered together to decide the best overall combinations to include in the refined shortlist.


This comprehensive and robust process means Regenerate Christchurch’s decisions for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor are based on the best evidence—balancing the key needs of the city and the country. These criteria were used to decide the best overall combinations to include in the refined shortlist:

Effectiveness of meeting vision and objectives
The ranking of options from an analysis against the vision, objectives and weighted effectiveness criteria
Strategic priorities and objectives
Including but not limited to the priorities and objectives of the Crown, Christchurch City Council, and Ngāi Tahu
Landowner interests
Consideration of the interests of current and future land owners
Economic benefits and costs
The financial and non-financial benefits and costs of each option
Financial and fiscal implications
Consideration of the financial and fiscal implications
Risk to achieving vision and objectives
Consideration of the level of uncertainty that the option is able to deliver the vision and objectives



Flatwater facilities

The joint Letter of Expectations to Regenerate Christchurch in 2016 from the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration and the Mayor of Christchurch includes the following statement: “Part of your consideration of the Avon River Corridor land should assess the feasibility of an open water course suitable for international water sports events being constructed in the residential red zone.”

Regenerate Christchurch has extensively examined the feasibility of a wide range of options for a flatwater facility in the Ōtākaro Avon River Regeneration Area. These options include flatwater facilities suitable for international sports competition including rowing, dragon boating, waka ama, kayaking and triathlon. The methodology included validating the needs and issues with sports user groups, technical work with a wide range of independent experts, peer review, economic modelling and multi-criteria analysis.

Initial analysis found an in-river and out-of-river flatwater facility were technically possible but, on their own, would not meet all of the objectives for the regeneration area. However, four land use combinations that included a flatwater facility were capable of meeting all of the objectives and were included in the 10 shortlisted land use combinations published in October 2017.

To refine the shortlist, the 10 combinations were assessed further using the final step in the Land Use Assessment Criteria which determined that none of the combinations that included a flatwater facility were among the best overall for the area. As a result, they are not included in the refined shortlist of land use options.

Residential: Regenerate Christchurch also looked closely at the options for residential development, including a land swap with golf courses for residential development, and published a Development Feasibility Study in October 2017 along with a Residential Land Use Assessment Report.

Read more about the assessment of options in section 10 of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area Management Assessment of Shortlist of Land Use Options.

Key documents

This assessment work was summarised in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area Management Assessment of Shortlist of Land Use Options. It sets out the analysis undertaken for the Regenerate Christchurch Board. The Board decided on the refined shortlist.