Sep 11-22 (4 articles to read)

First priority is relief for beleaguered residents Mike Yardley 05:00, Sep 11 2018 East's dramatic press conference last week has served its purpose. It has forced the council's hand to front up to the botch-up over the "omitted policy" and commit to fixing it. Without wishing to fry your head with technical planning parlance, the "policy" gives life to the "rule". Victory for residents as council promises inquiry into coastal consents fiasco Dominic Harris, 22:09, Sep 12 2018 Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has vowed to hold an independent inquiry into why a vital clause that would have made it easier to build houses in coastal communities was missed out of the city's district plan. Dal

We are asking for Government assistance to fix this

Having had no formal response from MPs Ruth Dyson, Poto Williams, Minister Megan Woods, Regenerate Christchurch, senior CCC consent, planning and policy teams staff this correspondence is further to the letter sent by CCRU at the end of July 2018, and to once again ask for your assistance with resolving the issues surrounding the RUO (Residential Unit Overlay) contained within the Operative Christchurch District Plan. Specifically: • the reinstatement of Overlay clause as presented to the Independent Hearing Panel in the original draft by the Council, and • the circumstances that led to the omission of the overlay clause from the final IHP published plan. On 29 June 20

Presenting the petition

Over a considerable period, there have been multiple motions, approaches, and requests put forward by CCRU and many parties including a motivated but exhausted community. All with the purpose of trying to fix this problem… …to progress updating the Council’s district plan using section 71 powers under the regeneration act to reinstate the Residential Unit Overlay clause as presented to the Independent Hearing Panel in original evidence by the Council. We are petitioning Parliament for assistance to fix this, to help ensure there is a clear and consistent assessment pathway that does not continue to unfairly disadvantage residents in the RUO. Download PDF to view the petition.

Eastgate II. Sir Tipene O’Regan’s “Imperious Sultans”

“Eastgate” report, the public meetings in Christchurch Sep 11/12, 2018 More than 300 people attended the “Eastgate” public meeting in New Brighton on Tuesday and less on Wednesday at Redcliffs, in Christchurch. There were two councillors present, several community board members from across the city, the media, mayor Lianne Dalziel and city CEO Dr Karleen Edwards as well as half a dozen community residents groups. At New Brighton it was standing room only. Sir Tipene O’Regan was present by way of a letter of support which was read out, saying the elected representatives under Code of Conduct disciplinary action by Council had “Properly stood up to Council bureaucracy…as they should…(against)

This is what the Mayor promised...

We are absolutely committed to putting that wording (of the IHP back...) into the district plan. I'm very keen to support the chief exec

Mayor personally commits to GETTING IT FIXED

Mayor says she 'personally commits to GETTING IT FIXED, FIRST!', meaning putting the IHP rule back into the District Plan so people can get resource consent to build. At the Community Meeting last night held in New Brighton, the hall was packed to capacity. Concerned residents of Christchurch East attended to gather in support and rally together to show a united front on getting action on this erroneous and debilitating wording that exists in the district plan right now.. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel was asked to make a comment. She says she is 'confident the council will vote unanimously on Thursday' to get the RUO rule and policy statement put back in the District Plan as was intended

All you wanted to know about the "missing clause" but were afraid to ask

David East was interviewed on Newstalk ZB about the omission of clauses in the District Plan and why he faces a code of conduct hearing. This was a straight forward and honest interview by Councillor East. FACEBOOK VIDEO LINK to the interview This omitted clause in the District Plan is a complicated issue, so to help understand it better here is some back-ground information on why the omitted clause is so very important. In 2016 the Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) sat and considered all evidence on the HFHMA (High Flood Hazard Management Area) in Chapter 5 of the District Plan. This was a very complicated process and the local community were at a distinct disadvantage as they did not have th

CCC requests evidence? Here it is.

On 30 July, 2018, following the release of the RMA decision regarding a property in Redcliffs, CCRU in an effort to continue a useful dialogue, contacted Regenerate, CCC and the Local MP's. In these letters CCRU once again highlighted the omission of the clause and its effects. CCRU requested for it to be remedied under urgency via section 71 of the regeneration act. Read the letters here.

Democracy questioned at Christchurch City Council

Brownlee and Chris Lynch radio interview on ZB City Councillor David East has been stood down from a committee after making claims council staff allegedly tampered with the city's district plan. At a press conference on Monday, David East claimed a "policy omission" is affecting South New Brighton, Southshore and Redcliffs residents wanting to build, renovate or extend their homes. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has confirmed he's since been stood down from chairing the Regulatory Performance Committee. The Mayor says she's disappointed in his actions, and council management are making a complaint under the Elected Members' Code of Conduct regarding his actions. ​National MP and former Ea

Christchurch district plan change 'serious injustice' for residents

A dispute has erupted between Christchurch City Council bosses and elected representatives over claims the district plan was deliberately altered, potentially leaving homeowners in flood-prone areas millions of dollars out of pocket. City councillor David East has called for an independent inquiry into claims staff tampered with the plan and erased a clause after it had been signed off. Community leaders said the apparent sabotage amounted to "red-zoning by stealth", suggesting people in New Brighton, Southshore and Redcliffs may have been left millions of dollars out of pocket. Pete Watkinson told Stuff his plans to build a new home in Southshore had been scuppered by the planning process,

Council staff 'deliberately sabotaged' Christchurch District Plan on consents

ORIGINAL article posted Sep 3, 2 pm A Christchurch councillor has called for an independent inquiry over allegations council staff tampered with the area's district plan, removing a clause that would have made it easier for residents to rebuild and repair earthquake-damaged homes. David East alleges staff deliberately removed the clause from the final version of the policy after it was earlier agreed and signed off. East, councillor for Christchurch's Coastal ward, is calling for an inquiry into the allegations of tampering, which he said had seriously affected residents in the area. He told a media conference on Monday the alleged omission had caused "undue and unnecessary financial stress"

Judge confirms error in district plan and supports CCRU in bid for swift action in correction

A letter released today by City Councillor David East, from independent panel chairperson The Honourable Sir John Hansen, KNZM, has highlighted that an important clause enabling the correct application of the RUO was omitted from the district plan in its final draft. (link to letter at end of article) The CCC Strategic and Policy Division have openly admitted that they knowingly removed the clause as they did not support a more permissive building pathway. Judge Hansen’s letter follows the process the Independent hearing panel undertook after considering all the evidence presented to them at the time of the hearings. The panel stated that they believed the CCC proposed HFHMA policy would im

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