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Port Hills zoning review now released – 5 December 2013

Cabinet has agreed to zone a further 237 Port Hills properties (at 96 addresses) red, following a zoning review, with 33 properties rezoned green. This brings the total number of Port Hills red zone properties to 714.

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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)


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

Community meetings

Community meetings

CERA held community meetings to provide information about the zoning decision, these were held at:

  • Tuesday 21 August, Sumner New School Hall, Sumner
  • Wednesday 22 August, St Mary’s Village Hall, Heathcote

Questions and answers

Will properties zoned red get a Crown offer?

Owners of eligible properties who were zoned red 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.


Land announcement – 29 June 2012

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

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Land announcement – 18 May 2012

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today announced the green zoning of 421 residential properties in the Port Hills, leaving 1679 houses still under review.


Land announcement – 19 December 2011

Following a Cabinet decision on 19 December 2011 a further 1600 homes in the Port Hills area in Christchurch were rezoned from the white to green zone.


Land announcement – 5 September 2011

More than 9700 residential properties in the Christchurch Port Hills area were rezoned from white to green. About 3700 properties remained in the white zone as further investigation was needed.

The issues in the Port Hills are different to those in the low lying plains areas where there has generally been widespread land damage from liquefaction and lateral spreading.

  • In the Port Hills, the issues have largely involved potential rock fall, cliff collapse, land slips and risks of that nature.
  • Extensive geotechnical assessment supported the decision to rezone most of the Port Hills to green as it had shown a low geotechnical hazard risk.
  • More Port Hills land will be rezoned green soon, once further investigation and assessment is completed.
  • The Lancheck website has been updated to reflect the new zoning.
  • A letter from CERA was posted to the Port Hills area homeowners with further information on Tuesday 6 September 2011.
  • CERA will hold four community meetings in the Port Hills area in Sumner, Lyttelton, Cashmere, and Little River starting Wednesday 7 September 2011.

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