The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has delayed a
review of land zoning decisions on the Port Hills above
Christchurch for a second time.
The review was initially delayed over the Christmas break and
should have been completed by the end of February.
But now authority chief executive Roger Sutton said although
the team reviewing the land zoning is making "steady
progress", the work is still "some weeks away" from being
delivered to Cabinet.
"I personally called some of these residents before Christmas
to let them know the process was not going to be completed on
time, and they were very understanding," Mr Sutton said.
"No-one - not the residents, or the review team - want the
outcome to be anything other than correct.
"I am disappointed that we have to delay this outcome once
again, but the rationale remains. If we did a half-baked job,
we'd all be unhappy about that too. We are still some weeks
away from finalising the work."
Mr Sutton said the review considers applications from more
than 100 Port Hills property owners, but as with the flat
land, also considers other boundary properties.
"It is important that all property owners in the Port Hills
who are near the zone boundaries be aware that the review is
looking at the entire area."
He said owners of any property affected in the review will be
contacted personally before any public announcement on the
process is made.