Land announcements

Port Hills zoning review applications now tallied - 31 October 2012

The initial applications for the Port Hills Zoning Review have now been assessed for validity and checked that all necessary information has been provided.

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Residential land zoning complete - 31 October 2012

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says today’s green zoning of the final eight residential properties in the Port Hills marks the end of an unprecedented programme of Government assistance in natural disaster recovery.

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Port Hills rock roll zoning complete – 13 September 2012

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says all 37 remaining residential Port Hills properties at risk from rock roll have now been zoned red and eligible owners will receive a residential red zone offer from the Crown.

The properties, in the Horotane Valley and on Bridle Path Road, are the last of the previously white zoned properties at risk from rock roll or cliff collapse to be zoned in the Port Hills.

Eight properties in Lucas Lane at risk from landslip are still zoned white and on schedule for an October decision on their final zoning while further assessments are carried out.

Media release: Port Hills rock roll zoning complete (13 September 2012)

Further red zone properties addressed – 13 September 2012

On 13 September 2012, the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery announced that the Crown would be making offers to purchase the following properties in the flat land residential red zones:

  • Bare land
  • Insured commercial/industrial properties
  • Insured residential leasehold properties located on land owned by Waimakariri District Council
  • Properties that cannot comply with the insurance requirements of the Crown offers

The offers for each of these types of properties are different. You can find information about the terms of the offers in the fact sheets below or by calling us on 0800 RING CERA (0800 7464 2372) between 8am and 5pm weekdays.

Media release: Further red zone properties addressed (13 September 2012)

Port Hills land announcement – 17 August 2012

A final decision has been reached on 126 more properties in the Port Hills, with the majority now zoned red. 121 of the remaining 163 white zone properties will be rezoned red and the owners will receive a residential red zone offer. A further five properties will be rezoned green. 37 properties will remain zoned white – six in the Horotane Valley and 31 on Bridle Path Road. Mitigation analysis has not been completed for these properties and a decision cannot be made until this is done

Maps of the zone changes

Questions and answers

Why have some properties been zoned red and others remain white?

121 properties have been zoned red. This is because:

  • the level of life risk is considered unacceptable based on GNS modelling
  • for these properties, mitigation is not considered practicable for a range of reasons including feasibility, complexities around land ownership, cost effectiveness and timeliness.

For the remaining 37 white zoned properties, we need more time to investigate mitigation options for these two areas, considering a wide range of factors including cost effectiveness, timeliness, certainty of detailed design, disruption for landowners and the impact it might have on the social and health wellbeing of residents.

When will the remaining 37 white zone properties be rezoned?

Further investigation and analysis is needed into the possibility of mitigation for these properties. CERA will continue to engage with the community to update them on progress and timing.

How can I request a review of my zoning?

We are currently working through the details and timing of the zoning review for the Port Hills.

Will properties zoned red get a Crown offer?

Owners of eligible properties who were zoned red on 17 August 2012 will receive a Crown offer. The following properties are eligible for a Crown purchase offer:

  • Insured residential properties
  • Insured residential properties with dwellings under construction
  • Insured non-residential properties owned by not-for-profit organisations.

What is happening for vacant land and commercial properties – will they get an offer?

No decisions have been made about offers for these types of properties yet.

Port Hills land announcement – Friday 29 June 2012

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced on 29 June 2012 land zoning decisions for properties in the Port Hills.

Of the 1558 affected Port Hills residential properties:

  • 166 will still need further assessment before a decision can be made, and will stay zoned white
  • 285 were zoned red and the Government’s red zone offer will be extended to the owners
  • 1107 residential properties were zoned green

More information about the 29 June 2012 land announcement »

Southshore, Parklands, and the Port Hills – 18 May 2012

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today land zoning decisions for residential properties in Southshore, Parklands, and the Port Hills. All insured residential properties in the newly red zoned areas will be subject to the Government offer of purchase. Find out more »

Summary of the announcement:

  • Southshore properties: 198 of the 401 properties in Southshore West closest to the estuary have been zoned red. The remaining 203 properties in Southshore West have been zoned green. More information »
  • 421 Port Hills properties zoned green. More information »
  • Parklands East stays green TC3. More information »

Avon River border areas zoned red – 23 March 2012

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced the rezoning of 251 residential properties in Christchurch’s Central City, Richmond South and Linwood from orange to red. All insured residential properties in the newly red zoned areas will be subject to the Government offer of purchase.

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Orange zone decisions – 10 February 2012

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced the re-zoning of a further 255 residential orange zone properties, 42 to green, which means their owners can begin the process of repairing or rebuilding, and 213 to red, which means the properties will be subject to Government offers of purchase.

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More Port Hills properties zoned green – 19 December 2011

Following a Cabinet decision today a further 1600 homes in the Port Hills area in Christchurch have been rezoned from the white to green zone.

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Further 758 Christchurch properties rezoned

17 November 2011: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced the rezoning of a further 758 orange zoned properties in greater Christchurch, which means over 90 per cent of the residential orange zone has been rezoned since June.

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8300 non-residential properties zoned green

17 November 2011: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced the green zoning of 8300 non-residential properties across greater Christchurch which were previously in the un-mapped white zone. The 8300 properties are a mixture of commercial and industrial properties, Ministry of Education and District Health Board land, parks and reserves, other community facilities such as halls, churches and child care facilities, and undeveloped private land.

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6430 orange zone properties turned green & new foundation design categories for Canterbury

28 October 2011: Nearly 80 per cent of the remaining 8096 properties in the residential orange zone in Canterbury have been rezoned to green. This confirms that a further 6430 residential properties can be either built on as is or built on with individual remediation to damaged parts of their land.

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Banks Peninsula

14 October 2011: All Banks Peninsula, except for 20 properties in the Church Bay and eastern Diamond Harbour area, have been rezoned from white to green. A total of 5443 properties rezoned to green in the Banks Peninsula area includes 4359 residential and lifestyle properties, 88 commercial and industrial properties, and 996 others, which included parks and health and education facilities.

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Port Hills

5 September 2011: More than 9700 residential properties in the Christchurch Port Hills area have been rezoned from white to green. About 3700 properties remain in the white zone as further investigation is needed.

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Offer to red zone residents

19 August 2011: The first 3000 of about 5000 property owners whose houses were zoned red on 23 June 2011 were mailed government letters of offer for their properties on Friday 19 August 2011.

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Kaiapoi and Pines Beach

18 August 2011: Following careful consideration the government will be making offers to purchase a further 940 properties in Kaiapoi and Pines Beach north of Christchurch.

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23 June 2011

Prime Minister John Key and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee released the most up-to-date information about the state of the land in greater Christchurch.

Advice from geotechnical engineers has seen all greater Christchurch land divided into four residential zones – red, orange, green and white.

Related information

A map showing the technical categories of land can be viewed at http://cera.govt.nz/maps

You can check the land zone and technical category that applies to your property at http://cera.govt.nz/my-property