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Auckland councillor to set scene for Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy discussion

Auckland mistakes in urban growth and the lessons it learnt in the aftermath will provide the backdrop for discussion of the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy at a Mayors’ Forum on Tuesday, 19 April, from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

The forum is free and open to the general public. It aims to give people an across-Christchurch view of the various issues for each area of Greater Christchurch, regarding future population growth and its likely impact on them. Representing each area on the forum panel are the mayors, chairman for Environment Canterbury (the Canterbury Regional Council), and Chairman of the Transit New Zealand Board.

As guest speaker for the evening, Auckland Regional Councillor and former North Shore City Councillor, Dr Joel Cayford, will paint a picture of why rampant sprawl, where everyone needs a car to do anything, must end.

Dr Cayford said from Auckland yesterday that he was looking forward to speaking at the Christchurch Mayors’ Forum, which will launch public discussion about the Greater Christchurch UDS and the Road Show that will take the issues out to all the communities involved such as Waimakariri, Lincoln, Rolleston, Lyttelton and Christchurch city.

The biggest supporters of growth are usually mayors and property developers, while the biggest losers in this scenario are ratepayers and the environment, Dr Cayford says. “Some development is necessary, but the days of rampant sprawl and the creation of lonely low-cost housing subdivisions where everybody needs a car to do anything need to end. Careful planning and tight control will be crucial, “Greater Auckland is not a shining beacon and is not a good example. Christchurch can learn from our mistakes,” he says.

Dr Cayford chaired the Northern Corridor Steering Committee responsible for the political oversight of the Northern Busway Project, which gives buses a head start on cars across the Auckland Harbour Bridge to help encourage more people onto public transport. He also attended a special study tour investigating public transport systems and their implementation in Curitiba, Brazil.

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