ouncil Committee proposes Development Forum
Tuesday 20 May 2014
Council Committee proposes Development Forum
The Council's Strategy and Planning Committee today recommended the Council set up a Development Forum to enable better dialogue between the city's development community and the Council.
Committee Chair Councillor Jamie Gough says, "It's a good opportunity for the Council to work with the development community to facilitate the rebuild of the city, and clarify any concerns they have.
"I'd like the Forum to be a place where we can share information and clear up any confusion about issues that affect developers. We're going for a joined-up approach to work together from the outset, along the lines of the Santa Cruz model."
proposes the Forum comprise five members from the Council
and five from the development community, namely the
Canterbury Development Corporation, Canterbury Employers'
Chamber of Commerce,
Property Council of New Zealand, the Real Estate Agent's Authority and the Christchurch Central City Business Association.
The proposal would see the
Forum meeting three or four times a year and discussing
topics such as planned developments, the content, timing and
progress of the Council's capital works programme, rebuild
policy improvements and changes to legislation.
The Committee asked for the Forum's draft
terms of reference to focus initially on the development
contribution policy, which Cr Gough says needs to be
clarified for developers so they understand how it is made
and so Councillors can hear and discuss first hand industry ideas on how best to make the policy more affective and efficient for them.
The Council will consider the proposal at its meeting on 12 June.