Board briefed on housing intensification

Earlier this month the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board received a public briefing from Christchurch City Council staff on rules regarding housing intensification. The purpose of this briefing was to provide an overview of the current planning rules regarding housing intensification as well as potential future changes coming from the Government, in response to community concerns regarding intensification.

Council staff had previously presented the same briefing to the Council’s Urban Development and Transport Committee, before embarking on a series of public briefings to Community Boards. In the case of our Board, a number of members of the public were in attendance and were able to ask questions of staff.

In a bid to improve access, our Board live-streams our public meetings so that those who cannot attend can follow along online, and/or view the recording afterwards. We do this on a best-efforts basis using our own technology at zero cost to the ratepayer – an approach that comes with some limitations. Embedded below is the video from the housing intensification briefing – as you will see this has been streamed using a single webcam with limited video quality. Staff giving the briefing can be heard very well, however some of the questions from the floor not so much – apologies for that.

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Simon writes in The Spinoff: “The Christchurch regeneration project that is slowly sinking”

I’ve fielded a few questions from Papanui residents as to when we might expect to see housing development in the Cranford Basin. The background to this is the 2017 approval of the Cranford Regeneration Plan, which saw a part of the area rezoned from rural to residential.

I did some research on this, including reading many of the documents available on the Council’s website, talking to landowners and asking questions of both the Christchurch City Council and also the Greater Christchurch Partnership.

The Spinoff was kind enough to publish the resulting article – click through to read:

(This photo was taken by me, looking west from Cranford St, but there’s been some artistic license applied by The Spinoff)

Question for readers

What are your thoughts on the Cranford Regeneration Plan and the prospect of some of the privately-owned land in the Cranford Basin being developed for housing?

Simon’s 3 March column in the Nor’West News

Today’s Nor’West News includes a column I’ve written reflecting on traffic and safety issues in the Langdons Road area, which is soon to be impacted by the opening of the Kmart in the Northlink development. As I say in the column, all members of the public are welcome to raise issues with the Community Board, and we start every meeting with a public forum if you wish to come speak to us – contact details can be found on the Council website.

Simon soap box 3 March 2020

Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board deputy chair Simon Britten writes about the concerns raised over the new Northlink shopping complex.

Kmart’s new Papanui store in Langdons Road will open next month. Development at the site is bringing new shops to Papanui, but also safety concerns. Continue reading “Simon’s 3 March column in the Nor’West News”

Kmart to open in Papanui – your questions answered

Recently the Think Papanui broke the news that Kmart’s Papanui store is planned to open on the 2nd of April 2020.

Kmart opening 2 April 2020

I curate Think Papanui’s content, and have been taking a look through the questions and comments on the post I put up announcing the opening date. In this article I’ll endeavour to respond to some of these – please note that I don’t speak for or on behalf of Kmart, but I’ll include links & references where possible. Best efforts are made to ensure this information is correct as at the date of publication, but if you’re reading this at some point in the future keep in mind that circumstances may have changed. Continue reading “Kmart to open in Papanui – your questions answered”

Papanui and Burnside High School zones for 2020 and beyond

Update: in March 2019 I wrote an article covering the Christchurch Secondary Schools enrolment scheme consultation, which was underway at that time. The boundary between the Papanui and Burnside High School zones was proposed to move closer towards Papanui. After a coordinated consultation process (details of which remain available on the Shaping Education website), it was subsequently left to individual schools to communicate outcomes to their communities. So, what has happened?

Papanui High School: 2020 zone

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Papanui High School’s zone for 2020, from the school’s website

Details of Papanui High School’s zone for 2020 can be found on the school’s website. Last year’s proposed changes have largely been implemented Continue reading “Papanui and Burnside High School zones for 2020 and beyond”