The Red Zones Transformative Land Use Group is tasked with advising on temporary, transformative land use opportunities in the red zones and allocating grant funding for some of these.

Red zoneThe opportunities considered by the group will create activity and vibrancy ahead of the long-term regeneration of the red zone areas.

The group will support the red zones in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, the Port Hills, Brooklands and Southshore.

This opportunity is an outcome of the Global Settlement Agreement, which is a collaboration between the Council and the Crown, to provide certainty on regeneration projects and issues and encourage momentum in the city.

Red Zones Transformative Land Use Group

The Red Zones Transformative Land Use Group will be part of decision making on contestable grant funding for initiatives, ideas and activities to help transform the city’s red zones, and will make land use recommendations to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

The Red Zones Transformative Land Use Group membership will include:

1. Independent Chairperson appointed by the Council, in consultation with Ngāi Tahu and LINZ

2. One representative each from:

  • Waitai / Coastal-Burwood Community Board
  • Waikura / Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board
  • Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula Community Board
  • Ngāi Tuāhūriri
  • Ngati Wheke (for matters relating to the Port Hills Red Zone)

3. Three community representatives of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor and two other community representatives, including one youth representative (aged 25 or under)

It's expected this group will meet once a month.

The draft mandate and delegations of the Red Zone Transformative Land Use Group are set out in the Terms of Reference [PDF, 282 KB]. You can also read the Guiding Principles [PDF, 182 KB].

The function, membership and period of appointment of the Red Zone Transformative Land Use Group will be reviewed in the second year of operation.

Global Settlement

Finalised in October 2019, the Global Settlement sees a number of central city public realm assets transferred to the Council by the Crown. These include the Bus Interchange, the Metro Sports Facility, the Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct, the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, roading assets, and land for the Performing Arts Precinct.

Residential red zone land in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, the Port Hills, Brooklands and Southshore will be progressively transferred from the Crown to the Council over the next two years.

The Crown, through Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and in conjunction with the Council, will now begin the work of reconfiguring approximately 6700 land titles in the red zones, 5500 of these are within the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor — a 345-hectare green spine which runs from Central Christchurch to New Brighton.

The Global Settlement requires the Council and Crown to set up a consultative group to consider and advise on applications for land uses which are for less than five years, and applications for grant funding for some of these uses. A co-governance group could be established once ownership of all, or most of, the land has been transferred to the Council.

Read more about the Global Settlement.(external link)

Transformative land use in the red zones

Transformative land use involves a range of possible uses for red zones land – from one-off events to longer lasting activities of up to five years. All of these should create vibrancy and support regeneration by improving the environment, experience and activity in the red zones, or address sustainability or ecological issues.

Transformative land use in the city’s red zones provides a range of benefits to the community and the environment by:

  • Strengthening the connection between the red zone land and adjacent communities.
  • Providing a range of recreational and other opportunities for Christchurch residents.
  • Improving the environmental health of red zone land.
  • Enabling the testing of new and innovative ideas.
  • Supporting any regeneration plans or planning for more permanent uses of red zone land.