Residential red zone

Decision on uninsured, vacant and commercial land to wait for Supreme Court ruling

4 June 2014

A decision about the Crown offer made to owners of uninsured, insured commercial or vacant land of the residential red zone in the flat land will not be made until pending Supreme Court action is completed, says Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton.

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Community to have say on red zone’s future

17 April 2014

Prime Minister John Key and the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Hon Gerry Brownlee have announced that a community engagement process will be designed for the public to have a say on the future use of land in the residential red zones.

There will be many opportunities for people and communities to contribute their aspirations and ideas to guide the future use of this land.

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About the residential red zone

Residential property in the flat land has been zoned red when the land has been so badly damaged by the earthquakes it is unlikely it can be rebuilt on for a prolonged period. The criteria for defining areas as residential red zone are:

  • there is significant and extensive area wide land damage;
  • the success of engineering solutions may be uncertain in terms of design, its success and possible commencement, given the ongoing seismic activity; and
  • any repair would be disruptive and protracted for landowners.

The Port Hills settlement process is different to the flat land. Property owners who accept the Crown offer have six weeks from accepting the offer, to settle and vacate the property.

This is due to the life risk issues the land damage on the Port Hills poses.

More information on the Port Hills RRZ can be found here

You can confirm the zoning of your property on the My Property pages.

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