Land near airport could be rezoned

About 100 hectares of rural land could be made available near Christchurch International Airport to accommodate business growth.

City councillors yesterday voted to push ahead with plans to rezone three large tracts of land in the northwest of the city for industrial business purposes.

About 15ha in Johns Rd, about 50ha north of Wairakei Rd, between Woolridge and Russley roads, and about 35ha between Hawthornden and Russley roads will be affected by the planned rezoning.

The council has agreed to lead a plan change to provide a clearer policy framework for the special purpose (airport) zone (Spaz) in the city plan.

The proposed plan change will review the rules on activities permitted within the Spaz, with consideration given to allowing a wide range of business activities in the 80ha Dakota Park, next to the airport, which is zoned for cargo and freight-handling activities only.

The council has also recommended that a rural-urban fringe zone be created as part of the council's district plan review from 2014 onwards.

This is a transition zone between urban and rural areas that typically supports open spaces, sport and recreation facilities and community facilities while still allowing agricultural and horticultural activities.

The Press