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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Extending the Red Zone deadline past 30 April 2013

As part of the Southshore rezoning the deadline for properties to be vacated has been extended beyond the 30th of April 2013 for the first time. This date was set last year when the first Red Zone announcement was made in June, based upon the state of affairs prior to the June earthquakes.

The explanation for the extension to the 30th of June 2013 is:
"Due to the timing of the Southshore decisions, property owners in Southshore would have had less than 12 months to accept the Crown offer and settle by 30 April 2013. The extension of the final settlement date to 30 June 2013 for these property owners is to allow them up to 12 months from the date they receive the offer to accept the offer and up to 13 months to complete settlement. This is consistent with the timeframe the most recent residential red zone property owners have had."
There is no strong logic behind the two month extension to the 30th of June 2013. It is far too short a period, as other recently rezoned people are finding.

The government logic appears to be that:
  • a shortened time frame would be "unfair"
  • the April 30th deadline is not fixed, and so can be extended
  • this would be consistent (more or less) with the timing given to those zoned Red earlier this year.
Where the logic falters is in the concept that consistency of time frame (similar opportunity to make informed and considered decisions, and then act upon them):
  • can be confined to the Southshore decision alone
  • does not require the same period of time to be given to all who are zoned Red.
A very strong argument will be run that equivalent periods of time should be introduced for all who were zoned Red after the initial decisions in June last year:
  • there is no evidence that a shorter period is better than a longer one for Red Zoners to get their claims sorted, make decisions, and find somewhere else to live
  • nor is there evidence that CERA/Government have any public policy or programme critically dependent upon certain things having been finalised by the 30th of April 2013 (i.e. the date is merely an arbitrary mark on the calendar based upon assumptions that ceased to be valid 6 or more months ago) 
  • there is evidence that inefficient/uncooperative/disputative EQC and insurance company behaviour is reducing the time available to make considered decisions without being under duress (perhaps deliberately)
  • a timeline, with staggered exit dates all based upon the same period of time from the date of the CERA offer letter, would remove the arbitrariness of one date suits all, and be consistent across all Red Zone announcements
  • the concept of consistency would then have only one definition
  • failure to apply a universal definition of consistency puts the official position into the "arbitrary and capricious" class much loved by barristers.
More on lawyers and barristers in the next post.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

CERA Rezoning announcements for Southshore, Parklands and the Port Hills

There has been a mixture of 198 Red and 203 Green for Southshore. The land going Red is that part of Southshore West closest to the estuary.
All of Parklands remains TC3 Green.
In the Port Hills 421 properties have been zoned Green. Looking at the land zone map there are still areas of White.
The Land zone map is here.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

CERA–Announcements for Southshore, Parklands and the Port Hills tomorrow

There will be an announcement on the Southshore, Parklands and Port Hills zones tomorrow (Friday) at 11.00am.

The announcement will be live-streamed on www.cera.govt.nz

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CERA video on the Southshore Orange Zone

CERA'S Jan Kupec has produced an 8 minute video about land damage in Southshore. It is a recap of the meeting held for Southshore residents in early April. The video is on Youtube here.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Canterbury statistics - house prices, rents, employment, migration and others

The Department of Building and Housing releases regional, building, and housing market statistics (key indicators) on a regular basis. The numbers they report are often quite different from those that make the headlines.

The May Canterbury Key Indicators are here, all of the May reports are here.
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Housing protest - Paying a visit to Gerry Brownlee’s Office

Otautahi Solidarity Network have posted information about "Paying a visit to Gerry Brownlee’s Office…" on Saturday the 26th of May at 2.00pm.

The visit will be to Gerry Brownlee’s Ilam Office at 283 Greers Rd. The main points at issue are:
  • The need for more social housing
  • A sustainable rebuild
  • Housing organised according to need not profit
  • Acknowledgement of the real levels of homelessness and displacement in our city
  • A rent freeze for private and social housing
  • A living wage and affordable housing for all
  • No shock doctrine housing policy
  • A Democratic process for peoples' housing concerns to be heard
There is more information on the Otautahi Solidarity Network blog here and on facebook here. Additional information on the Action for Christchurch East blog here.
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