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Workshop Aims To Spur Central City Redevelopment

14 March 2006

Christchurch Workshop Aims To Spur Central City Redevelopment

Landowners, developers and tenants with an interest in Christchurch’s central city are being invited to a City Council urban planning and design workshop being held in the city from 20-24 March.

The meeting, entitled ‘Future Directions’, will focus on a section of the southern central city – the blocks bounded by Colombo, Lichfield and Madras streets and Moorhouse Avenue. The workshop will be directed by design firm DPZ Pacific Ltd.

Maurice Roers, a senior planner at the City Council, says the event should be valuable for both the Council, firms and individuals with a stake or interest in the area’s future.

“As part of the City Council’s on-going commitment to the central city, we are sponsoring this event in an effort to capitalise on the energy and potential of this area to spur further investment,” he says. “We want to explore a broad range of issues and ideas while developing a guiding plan for this area.”

Change is already visible in and around the northern end of the study area, with increased residential, retailing, and entertainment activity.

Mr Roers says the programme will be highly interactive and innovative with planners and architects working alongside workshop participants to develop plans and designs as they go. Participants contribute their ideas and explain how they would like to see the area develop.

The aim is to come up with a guiding master plan for the area. The workshop will also identify any significant public and private action that could be taken to support and enhance redevelopment.

“The participation of the public is integral to this planning process and will ensure that future development is responsive to our city’s needs and aspirations,” Mr Roers says.

The schedule for the workshop is:
Monday, 20 March
9–11am Planning, Zoning, and Building Consents
11.15am–12.45pm Transport, Public Works, and Fire
1.30–3pm Recreation, Open Space, Sustainability and Community Matters
6–8pm Opening Presentation

Tuesday, 21 March
9–11am Landowners
11.15am–12.45pm Tenants, Businesses, and Retailers
1.30–3pm Urban Design, Heritage, and Safety

Wednesday, 22 March
5pm–8pm Review of Initial Designs

Friday, 24 March
4–7pm Closing Presentation, Discuss Proposed Plan


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