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Land Use Recovery Plan coming soon ...
Since the earthquakes started we've had more
choices to make.
Where will we live? Where will we work?
How will we get from home to work and school?
What we decide today will affect the choices available
tomorrow. So we must make the best possible choices
to get the future we want for our families, friends,
economy and environment.
Developing choices for greater Christchurch is a
community consultation process to develop a Land Use
Recovery Plan that identifies how to provide the certainty
needed by residents, businesses, developers and investors.
Consultation has started. You can participate by:
• Attending a community workshop
• Visiting www.developingchoices.org.nz, reading
the preliminary draft Land Use Recovery Plan and
completing the online comments form
• Viewing the plan and picking up a plan summary
from council service centres and libraries in
Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts, and
completing the online or paper comments form.
Comments close at pm on Monday April .
For more information and other workshop times visit
Community workshop dates for April
April - pm Rossburn Receptions, Northbrook
Museum, Sparks Lane, Rangiora
Developing choices for greater Christchurch
Council's design echoes my own
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What a surprise on page 3 of the
Outlook (March 23).
Some years ago the
Waimakariri District Council sent
out a request for Rangiora
residents to say how they would
like to see the town in the future.
The design on the above
mentioned page is almost
identical to my own suggestion at
The only difference being that I
suggested a two-tier parking
facility above the proposed shops,
thus solving some of the expected
parking problems for the growing
Maybe that now this idea has
been proposed by someone else,
the council has a closer look.
By making a quick decision on
this matter we may even have
Farmers back in town by
Christmas, even if it is at a
I am sure Farmers would be
quite happy to relocate to the area
mentioned above. Hugo Hausin
Traffic adds life
I agree with Mike Ward (Outlook,
I feel that returning High
Street to two way would be a
Pre earthquakes, we had a very
good shopping street -- I liked the
fact that I could drive to a store to
collect a large item.
One mall is very like another
but a living street with traffic is
different, and that is the way I
would like it to be again.
It has been suggested that it
become a mall, but I always feel
that malls are somewhat sterile
and boring, and High Street
wasn't ever boring until
surrounded with fences and
Mike Ward has the right ideas.
Lets get him on council.
Two way traffic on High Street?
We tried that and it did not work.
Red Lion corner, traffic lights?
That costs a lot to maintain and
will do nothing to reduce heavy
traffic in the town.
Stop signs on Ivory and Ashley
Streets would make the corner
safe for pedestrians at little cost.
What is needed is a good road
from Kaiapoi to Loburn and
A new bridge on the existing
line will not get the traffic out of
It was agreed years ago that the
bridge would be downstream and
this would be right for traffic from
the motorway and Rangiora
Woodend Road avoiding the town
Can we get an outside expert to
look at our traffic problems and
produce a plan that will be right
for the next 20 years, without
listening to special interest
Would extending Percival and/
or Victoria Streets improve High
The council's recent open letter
rightly stated neither the council
nor CERA has the ability to force
agreement between a building
owner and their insurer.
I also agree the council has a
duty to protect the public.
However I believe they should
also ensure access to existing
businesses, roading, footpaths and
public spaces not affected by the
earthquake is maintained.
The chief executive of CERA
already has the power to demolish
all or part of a building following
written notice to the owner.
Within 10 days the owner must
state their intentions (or not) to
carry out the work themselves
and specify a time frame
If not, CERA can carry out the
work with costs recoverable from
Owners of unsafe facades
restricting access to public spaces
should be given notice followed by
timely action involving temporary
strengthening or partial
demolition to enable fences to be
removed from footpaths and
Complex issues between owners
and insurers are just that,
between them and should not
affect the wider community.
There is no discussion whether
CERA should be involved in
Rangiora town centre, they are
already there, and if the council is
serious about its commitment to
playing its part, then why not give
them a call. (Abridged)
Developer Tim Blake is lobbying
for bigger retail footprints' in
Rangiora (Outlook, March 30).
It is unclear what scale of
development Mr Blake has in
mind, but his reference to
Christchurch shopping malls has
me fearing for our High Street's
He asks what makes us go to
Northlands or Riccarton?
Let me turn the question
around and ask what would make
shoppers from Christchurch come
out to Rangiora?
They certainly wouldn't come
for a replication of the bland,
soulless monolithic malls and
mega-barns they have at home.
But they would come out for
small, interesting and
independent shops nestled in
I don't believe this would come
from large-scale development.
The Relay for Life to raise funds
for the Cancer Society in this area
was held recently and a talented
local musician, John Palmer,
played and sang for hours to
entertain us while walking round
His repertoire was varied and
enjoyed by everyone. He kept
spirits up and made it a great
Our group really appreciated
his huge effort at this memorable
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