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The goal of the group is to help create activity and vibrancy in the red zone areas, including the Port Hills, the Ōtakaro Avon River Corridor, Brooklands and Southshore, ahead of longer-term regeneration.
Those selected will become community representatives on a Red Zones Transformative Land Use Group, making recommendations and giving advice on possible initiatives, ideas, and activities to help temporarily transform the city’s red zone land.
The group will also make decisions on funding for some transitional opportunities, which could be short-term or projects that last up to five years.
The projects will aim to benefit the community and the environment and address sustainability or ecological challenges.
The city council is looking for five community representatives, including a youth member and three Ōtakaro Avon River Corridor representatives, for the group.
“We’re on the hunt for people who want to be part of decision-making on initiatives and activities that will make a real difference to our city, said city council head of urban regeneration, design and heritage Carolyn Ingles.
“If you’re someone who wants to help transform the red zones and you’re excited about representing your community, then we really want to hear from you.”
The Red Zones Transformative Land Use Group is a result of the Global Settlement Agreement, which set out how the Crown and city council would work together on transitional land-use arrangements for the red zones.
It also requires the city council and Crown to set up a group to provide community input to Land Information New Zealand and the city council on applications for land use that last for less than five years.
A co-governance group will be established once ownership of all or most of the red-zoned land has been transferred to the city council.
Drop-in information sessions about the Red Zones Transformative Land Use Group will be held at various locations across the city.
Applications for a position on the group opened on November 11 and close on January 31.
They can be completed online or forms are available at city council libraries and service centres.
Information session times:
• Port Hills: Lyttelton community boardroom, 25 Lyttelton St, Lyttelton, November 22, 9am-12pm.
• Port Hills, Sydenham, Cashmere: Beckenham Service Centre, room 1, 66 Colombo St, Beckenham, November 28, 1pm-4pm.
• Shirley, Richmond: Avebury House, Avon room, 9 Evelyn Couzins Ave, Richmond, December 2, 9am-12pm.
• New Brighton, Southshore: Coastal Burwood boardroom, cnr Beresford and Union Sts, New Brighton, December 4, 9am-12pm.
• Central city: Civic offices, ground floor room MG02, 53 Hereford St, December 3, 9am-12pm.