Strong feedback to growth options
Feedback received during the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy options, which closed on 3 June, has outstripped other major consultations.
Just over 3200 submissions were received with some 1800 written comments attached to some. This compares to only 2500 submissions received for the City Council's Ocean Outfall proposal.
Almost all submitters congratulated the UDS partners for choosing to work together towards a more effective long-term plan for Greater Christchurch, but urged them to continue engaging their communities in the process.
Overall, 63% of the 3200 submissions preferred Option A, to concentrate development within Christchurch City and other larger towns in surrounding districts. Another 22% wanted Option B, which balances future urban development between existing built areas, with some expansion into adjacent areas. Few (2%) wanted Option C, which allows more dispersed development beyond established areas, or Business as Usual (3%) which would mean continuing current trends and each authority continuing to plan for growth on their own, without any reference to neighbouring authorities.
Some submissions opted for a mix of A and B, saying that A was their preference but it did not go far enough on sustainability issues. A few suggested that a strong sustainability option should have been included.
Most evident was the common issues raised by submitters, no matter what areas they came from. Whether a submission came from Waimakariri, Selwyn, Banks Peninsula or the city, common issues included:
The recommended draft strategy drawn up by the Greater Christchurch UDS Forum is planned to be distributed to all partners by the end of this year, with an aim to seek public consultation on the draft strategy by early next year. Final adoption of the Greater Christchurch UDS is planned for mid to late 2006.