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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Land zoning review process

Gerry Brownlee yesterday announced the process for those on the flat who wish to appeal their land zoning. The main part of the announcement is reproduced at the bottom of this post. The full statement is here.

Be aware that you have only until the end of the month to lodge your appeal. It appears appeals must be lodged via the on-line form here. If you have a friend or neighbour without access to a computer please help them.

The review process

Basically the review process allows a property owner to appeal against the decision to designate their land as Red or Green. It does not allow a property owner to appeal their "shade of green" (green/blue, green/yellow, or green/grey).

The fundamentals of the process are:
  1. were the red/green criteria set out by Cabinet properly applied?
  2. were the boundary lines sensibly drawn? 
Cabinet's decision on these two points is contained in Cabinet Minute (11) 24/15 (copy here), and was slightly modified by CAB Min (11) 30/18 (copy here). If your argument is with cost effectiveness then you need to read both Cabinet Minutes, otherwise the first one will be sufficient.

Red/Green criteria

Application of the red/green criteria relates especially to the thickness of the surface crust, lateral spread, and the timeliness, uncertainty, disruption arising from repairs to infrastructure and property, health and welfare. You can find this on pages 3 and 4 of CAB Min (11) 24/15 (see above). A definition of the time period considered as creating social disruption is covered at the top of page 6 of Gerry Brownlee's August Cabinet Paper here.

Although a matter of great anxiety, the extent to which land experienced liquefaction is not a criteria.

Boundary lines

Sensible boundary lines are significant in some areas where the land changes from red to green at a fence line. I can't find a Cabinet Minute that specifies what this entails, and there is only a passing reference to it in Para 2.17 on page 3 of Cabinet Minute CAB Min (11) 24/15 (referred to above).

An undated Cabinet Paper produced as part of the June land decisions mentions "sensible land decisions" at para 36 on page 7 with a footnote that reads:
This may, for example, be to align Red Zone boundaries with roads in some areas, as the land under roads has already been compacted.
The undated cabinet paper is here.

The Minister's media release - an extract:

Friday, 15 June 2012

CERA - Greater Christchurch Recovery Update

CERA yesterday published the Greater Christchurch Recovery Update, an 8 page newsletter. There is a little bit about the proposal for an Avon River Park, an update on drainage at Halswell, and the rolling out of Fibre Broadband from next month (Halswell and Aidanfield first, followed by Bishopdale/Papanui).

Other articles include:
  • The recovery strategy
  • Christchurch Central Development Unit
  • Proposed Avon River Park
  • Places, spaces and connections
  • SCIRT update
  • ECAN update
  • EQC drilling
  • Top 10 tips to keep warm
  • Shake, rattle and record
  • Councils update
You can download a copy from here. Those interested in Fibre Broadband can find Enable here.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Advice for Canterbury building owners: multi unit residential buildings

The Department of Building and Housing (DBH) have released a document for owners of multi unit residential buildings (here).

The purpose of the document: Advice for Canterbury building owners: Assessing the seismic performance of non-residential and multi unit residential buildings in greater Christchurch is to assist building owners in considering the structural integrity of their buildings, and how the building will be used and repaired in the future.

From the DBH website:
Advice for building owners
Building owners are responsible for ensuring the safety of their buildings. Building owners are encouraged to engage Chartered Professional Engineers (structural) to carry out Detailed Engineering Evaluations on their buildings. This will assist building owners to make informed decisions about the ongoing use and occupation of their buildings.
There is also a publication for engineers:
Guidance for engineers
Engineers should only provide recommendations about the continued use of buildings once a suitable level of investigation has been completed.
The Department has prepared guidance for engineers on what they should include in their building evaluations. This guidance is at a general level only and focuses on what may be required under the Building Act 2004. The document is called: Guidance for engineers assessing the seismic performance of non-residential and multi unit residential building in greater Christchurch.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

ANSVAR insurance update

Ansvar Insurance, now ACS (NZ) Limited, has put a brief statement on their website concerning the decision reached at the meeting of creditors to consider a Scheme of Arrangement. The statement reads:
ACS (NZ) Limited creditors have voted in support of the company establishing a contingent Scheme of Arrangement.
At a meeting in Christchurch on Tuesday 12 June 2012, ACS received the required support to establish the Scheme both by number of people voting and by value of the claims they represented. Click here to download a signed copy of the declaration on the resolution and the appointment of an Initial Creditors’ Committee.
An application for sanctioning of the Scheme will take place in the High Court in Auckland on Tuesday 19 June.
Information about the scheme, including the Reserve Bank's analysis of it, can be downloaded from the website here.

Monday, 11 June 2012

TC3 drilling update from EQC

EQC have put a TC3 drilling and location update on their website.

The drilling plan (here) gives a suburb-by-suburb list for TC3 geotechnical investigations and describes the drilling process.