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CBD plan for those who died - Parker

Published: 6:02AM Thursday August 11, 2011 Source: ONE News

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker has dedicated the draft plan for a new-look Christchurch CBD to those lost in the February earthquake.

The plan includes a memorial for quake victims, a futuristic rail system, more green space and smaller buildings.

The CBD will be about a quarter of its original size under the  draft plan which was unanimously adopted by the council today.

The $8 million memorial will include a space where large gatherings can be held and is expected to be ready by 2019.

"Today is about remembering the people that we lost on February 22nd," said Parker.

"This plan is for them and this plan is for the extraordinary people of Christchurch.

"If we do it well, we have a future."

See some of the artists' concept drawings

ONE News reporter Lisa Davies described the plan as hefty, but said it needed to "to undo the damage" done by the earthquakes.

Davies said councillors skimmed over most of the ideas in the meeting but the main points were the contracting of the CBD, integrating the Avon River into the city centre and a central city playground to encourage families back into the city.

'Green and hi-tech'

A "safe, sustainable, green, hi-tech, low rise, city in a garden" was Parker's description of how the CBD will look under the plan.

He said public feedback showed people wanted the council to look at light rail.

Under the plan, a tram would run from the university to the CBD.

"Let's actually commit to building a new modern train system to hardwire the university back into the heart of the city," said Parker.

An aquatic facility, central city library, performing arts centre and an earthquake research institute were among the other proposals for the new Christchurch.

The aquatic centre would sit at the old Red Bus site and the library would have a new central city location.

The CBD will be compact, with lower buildings.

In the core of the city there is likely to be a seven storey limit, and at the edge, a four storey limit.

"We have to build a safe city technically and it has to feel safe. And low rise is what people want," said Parker.

The plan proposes new bus stations and cycleways. One way streets will become two way.

"We're looking at slowing traffic in that central area significantly," said Parker.

Each councillor pushed different concepts for the rebuild, affordable social housing, improved public transport, and an emphasis on cycling were all noted.

The plan will be predominantly built by private funds. The council will have to come up with a $2 billion contribution.

The council received more than 100,000 ideas from residents. The council says all were taken into consideration.

In order to prove that the public's voice was heard, the names of residents whose ideas were included have been noted in the draft plan.

The council said the plan will add to the considerable work that has already been done.

It estimates that about 50% of buildings in the Red Zone will remain and the central city will not be relocated.

The form and function of Hagley Park will remain the same.

Praise for council

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has commended the council for meeting the tight timeframe for delivering the draft.

He said it has been a major task for the council to pull the draft plan together within four months and there will no doubt be a robust debate on it.

Brownlee said this is the next phase of the consultation process and is urging residents who are unhappy with plans to speak up.

"I'm sure the public will welcome the opportunity to review it and comment over the weeks ahead," Brownlee said.

"The draft plan has a pretty big wish list. It's now up to the people of Christchurch to debate the plan, prioritise its projects and decide how much they are prepared to pay to fund them," he said.

Residents will be able to hear more about plans during a two-week roadshow , including an international speakers' series.

The plan will be released publicly on August 16 on the Central City Plan website .

A final plan will be handed to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority for approval by December 21.

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  • Wolfman said on 2011-08-13 @ 14:56 NZDT: Report abusive post

    To all those saying not to rebuild in the current site, have a look at Napier, did they move to another site after their big quake, and have they fallen down again. As for the building heights, it's only greedy building owners that don't like this, they only think about their wallets and don't give a damn about human life except their own, nothing but greed.

  • sandman said on 2011-08-12 @ 19:38 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Now all we need is a tree preservation policy like most cities overseas have to ensure no tree over 3m tall is cut down or pruned without council approval... I'm appalled by the way ChCh residents think it's ok to chop down 70 year old healthy trees.. AND we think we're a garden city????

  • Rambler One said on 2011-08-12 @ 19:09 NZDT: Report abusive post

    When will they ever learn? Rebuilding the CBD where it is is just sheer folly, the area has numerous underground streams and is right on top of a fault line. Bit like the Japanese who built houses below Tsunamai warning signs 600 years old.The signs said do not build or live below here! but were ignored, look what happened there. The CBD should be rebuilt on more solid land,making the new Christchurch CBD the most modern in NZ.Lets not hope it will be one of those I told you so situations!!!

  • frankly said on 2011-08-12 @ 18:46 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Almost none of it, that wasn't already on the plan, will survive the next electoral cycle - least of all the light rail and the Greenways.

  • usleepIwork said on 2011-08-12 @ 04:19 NZDT: Report abusive post

    very nice pity that it is still in the same place on unstable ground. I think it is right but in the wrong place.