Gerry Brownlee and Lianne Dalziel air concerns over Regenerate Christchurch's work plan

The residential red zone has been a main area of focus for Regenerate Christchurch, but it can also come up with plans ...
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The residential red zone has been a main area of focus for Regenerate Christchurch, but it can also come up with plans for other areas - a "forgotten" Sydenham has been suggested previously.

Lianne Dalziel and Gerry Brownlee have written to the agency fixing Christchurch's red zone to express a lack of confidence in its work programme.

The March letter, obtained by Stuff under the Official Information Act, shows both the mayor and Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister have concerns about Regenerate Christchurch's work programme, which outlines its work in the city. 

The joint Crown-Christchurch City Council agency is tasked with developing plans for the residential red zone, New Brighton and the central city, but can also develop plans for other parts of the city.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she presumed there might be regeneration opportunities outside the Residential Red Zone, the ...
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Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she presumed there might be regeneration opportunities outside the Residential Red Zone, the city centre and New Brighton.

Brownlee and Dalziel said it was "concerning to us, that to date, it appears there is no troubleshooting capacity in your work programme to address regeneration opportunities outside those we have set in the letter of expectations".

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"Regeneration plans can be very small and specific or large and expansive, or anything in between. We are not yet confident this is well understood by Regenerate Christchurch," they wrote.

Gerry Brownlee has previously taken a swipe at Regenerate Christchurch, saying he's aware of concerns the organisation ...
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Gerry Brownlee has previously taken a swipe at Regenerate Christchurch, saying he's aware of concerns the organisation has "not achieved a great deal" during its first year.

Regenerate Christchurch chairman Andre Lovatt said the council had mentioned other areas for regeneration, such as Bishopdale and Sydenham.

Sydenham had been floated as an area of focus in the past, with a business group saying in 2015 the area was "a bit forgotten"

Dalziel said she thought "there could be an impasse somewhere in the city that could be resolved through a regeneration approach".

Regenerate Christchurch chairman Andre Lovatt says the organisation appreciates "clear feedback and constructive ...
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Regenerate Christchurch chairman Andre Lovatt says the organisation appreciates "clear feedback and constructive suggestions".

Last month, Brownlee aired apprehension over Regenerate Christchurch's progress, saying he was aware of concerns the organisation had "not achieved a great deal"  during its first year. 

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A spokeswoman for Brownlee said Regenerate Christchurch's work programme was the subject of "ongoing discussions" with the organisation.

According to the letter, the work programme was supposed to be finished this month, but would now be released in June.

Lovatt said Regenerate Christchurch appreciated Brownlee and Dalziel's "strong commitment" to Christchurch's regeneration, along with "clear feedback and constructive suggestions".

The organisation had started developing plans in the most complex areas, namely the central city and the Otakaro Avon River corridor, he said.

In the central city, it was working with the Christchurch City Council to develop a strategy for Cathedral Square. A plan for the area was expected by June.

The city council had started regeneration planning of its own, Lovatt said. Its draft Cranford Basin Regeneration Plan relates to about 125 hectares of rural land on the western side of the upper end of Cranford St.

Ngai Tahu and Otakaro Ltd have spoken out against the Cranford plan, citing environmental issues and concerns it would detract from the east frame housing development respectively.

 - Stuff

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