Port Hills land announcements
On this page:
- Port Hills zoning review now released - 5 December 2013
- Port Hills zoning review applications now tallied - 31 October 2012
- Residential land zoning complete - 31 October 2012
- Port Hills rock roll zoning complete – 13 September 2012
- Land announcement – 17 August 2012
- Land announcement – 29 June 2012
- Land announcement – 18 May 2012
- Land announcement – 19 December 2011
- Land announcement – 5 September 2011
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.
Previous land announcements
The initial applications for the Port Hills Zoning R3eview have now been assessed for validity and checked that all necessary information has been provided.
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.
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)
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
- Media release: Further 126 Port Hills properties rezoned
- Visit http://cera.govt.nz/my-property for the latest land zoning information
Maps of the zone changes
- Canterbury Land Information Map - Port Hills [PDF 1.8MB]
- Canterbury Land Information Map - Kaiapoi Lakes to Diamond Harbour [PDF 1.1MB]
Informal white zone opportunity
On Friday 17 August at 2.00pm at St Mary’s, 2 Truscott’s Road, there will be an informal opportunity for people whose properties are remaining in the white zone to come along and speak with representatives from CERA and get information and/or clarification. There will also be support services available at this time. Note: this is not a community meeting, but an informal opportunity for people to call in.
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
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.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced on 29 June 2012 land zoning decisions for properties in the Port Hills.
Summary of the announcement
- Media release: 285 Port Hills properties zoned red
- Media release: Small number of properties remain white zoned
- Media release: Over 1100 Port Hills properties zoned green
- Frequently asked questions about the 29 June 2012 Port Hills announcement [PDF 488KB]
- Case studies: Earthquake Support Coordination Service [PDF 96KB]
- Fact sheet: Port Hills - estimating risk [PDF 182KB]
Land information maps
- Port Hills overview map [PDF 3MB]
- Port Hills residential land zone decisions map - Avoca Valley [PDF 860KB]
- Port Hills residential land zone decisions map - Bowenvale [PDF 890KB]
- Port Hills residential land zone decisions map - Cass Bay and Rapaki [PDF 965KB]
- Port Hills residential land zone decisions map - Clifton [PDF 960KB]
- Port Hills residential land zone decisions map - Governors Bay [PDF 1MB]
- Port Hills residential land zone decisions map - Heathcote [PDF 1MB]
- Port Hills residential land zone decisions map - Redcliffs [PDF 840KB]
- Port Hills residential land zone decisions map - Lyttelton [PDF 1.1MB]
- Port Hills residential land zone decisions map - Sumner [PDF 1MB]
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.
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.
- Read the announcement »
- Letter sent to Port Hills residents - rezoned from white to green [PDF 70KB]
- Letter sent to Port Hills residents - property remains zoned white [PDF 70KB]
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.
- Read the announcement »
- Map showing affected Port Hills areas - as at 5 September 2011 [PDF 1MB]
- The Greater Christchurch land zone map shows the residential red, green, and white zones.