A zoning review in Christchurch's Port Hills has resulted in
237 properties being reclassified from green zone to red
zone, and 33 going from red to green.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee made
the announcement today, saying it would give property owners
certainty and provide options for people to move on from
areas posing a serious risk to life.
Zoning in the Port Hills is based on life risk from rock roll
or cliff collapse. Owners of eligible properties in the
Residential Red Zone may decide to accept a Crown offer to
purchase the affected properties.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) completed
the zoning review following a Court of Appeal judgment
released earlier this week in regard to a legal challenge by
the Quake Outcasts group.
The Court of Appeal found that CERA's zoning process was
lawful, and that the Crown needed to review any offers made
to owners of uninsured properties and vacant land to ensure
they were consistent with the purpose of the Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery Act.
Mr Brownlee conceded he was conscious it had been a long and
frustrating wait for Port Hills property owners.
"We had to wait for clarification from the courts about our
zoning process, and we needed to make absolutely sure the
final zoning decisions are correct, not just for those who
live in the area now, but to protect people in the future.
"Some of the property owners had indicated they wanted their
land zoning to change from its initial status. But many did
not actively seek a review, and it is these people who may be
surprised by the outcomes of today's announcement.
"Since last evening, CERA has been endeavouring to call all
property owners who asked for a change to their property's
zoning, or whose land zoning has changed, to advise them of
the outcome, and to provide them with the best possible
support and opportunities to attend face to face meetings for
more information on their personal situations.''