City mayor calls for more consultation

IDEAS NEEDED: Lianne Dalziel wants a wider conversation on the central-city blueprint.
IDEAS NEEDED: Lianne Dalziel wants a wider conversation on the central-city blueprint.

Christchurch's central-city blueprint should be opened for more new ideas, Mayor Lianne Dalziel said last night.

"I think it would be really helpful for the Government to open the conversation a little wider, not to rewrite [the blueprint], but to talk about whether . . . it is the way it should be. It's time for a think-back loop," she said.

The blueprint was unveiled in July 2012 and designated anchor projects for the rebuilding of central Christchurch, including precincts for arts, government services, sports, and retail.

The public was never consulted on the blueprint plan, Dalziel said.

"The Government always referred to the Share an Idea campaign as their consultation, but it wasn't."

The campaign attracted over 100,000 public submissions and led to a draft city plan written by the council. The blueprint, written by the Government, landed afterward.

"What council presented to the Government didn't look like the blueprint," Dalziel said. There was no mention of compulsory acquisition or designations of land.

"The blueprint should have gone out for public engagement and should now be open to be tweaked and to further ideas. What is the public really up for," Dalziel asked architecture students and tutors attending a summer programme at CPIT.

She also said the council should lead consultation on what happens within the residential red zone in the eastern suburbs. There was no question that there would be paths and cycleways along the Avon River.

"The question is about the much wider uses the land could be put to and they need to engage the local community in those processes.

"The city council, being closer to the community, should be leading those discussions.

"Maybe we need to start up Share an Idea again. I'm a big fan, but it has to have an end point. People have to know that if they are giving up their time and sharing their ideas that it can influence the outcome."

If council led the process it could give people that assurance, she said.

The Press