Submission Guide - Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill
The Local Government and Environment Select Committee is currently taking submissions on the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill – submissions close 4 December 2015.
The Bill repeals the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority Act 2011 and establishes a new legal framework for post-quake recovery in Christchurch from July 2016 until 2021.
This Bill will significantly affect the future of Christchurch and Canterbury. We want democracy back in the region. If we want an attractive, liveable and sustainable city we need to have a say about how decisions are made about the anchor projects and Christchurch’s future.
Give power back to the Christchurch City Council. Like the CERA Act, this Bill gives substantial powers to Ministers and the new entity Regenerate Christchurch. Elected councillors should be making decisions about the Christchurch’s future, not the appointed members of Regenerate Christchurch. The City Council should take over Regenerate Christchurch sooner than 2021. Councils, not relevant Ministers, should approve regeneration plans, and restore appeal rights to the Environment Court.
Axe the proposed new Crown Company that is proceeding with extravagant anchor projects such as the stadium and convention centre.
Add a new purpose to the Bill to establish the Avon-Otakaro River Park using the residential red zone.
Make it count - Submit in favour of local democracy and our rivers
The Local Government and Environment Select Committee is currently seeking feedback (submissions) on the National Government's plan to stop Cantabrians from voting for all the members of Environment Canterbury.
Submissions close 19 November 2015
It is really important to make submissions on this Bill because it will significantly impact on the future of Christchurch and Canterbury. We want democracy back in the region.
Some key issues to highlight
The Bill does not restore a fully elected regional council in Canterbury. It creates a New Zealand precedent by providing for a regional council with a mix of elected and appointed members. By reducing the number of elected councillors from 14 to seven it halves democratic representation. The members appointed by Ministers will be responsible to the Beehive not local residents.
The Environment Court continues to be side-lined by this Bill. The Bill restricts access to justice by prohibiting appeals on matters of fact to the Environment Court and only allowing appeals on points of law to the High Court.