Exciting Future in Store for Christchurch
Well, we were all excitedly waiting for it – and here it is! A draft plan for the rebuild of Christchurch City was released yesterday and it looks fantastic. The Share an Idea campaign sought the input of Christchurch locals and the Christchurch City Council has responded with a ‘City in a Garden’, featuring a multitude of green spaces.
The Avon River will be embraced with wide green areas along its banks, and a network of footpaths and cycle trails creating a riverside corridor through the city. Continuing the ‘green theme’, there’ll be many more trees planted along the streets, a new network of neighbourhood parks and a push for new Green Star-rated buildings.
The new Christchurch will be more intimate and more human-friendly, built on a smaller scale with low-rise buildings and in a more compact footprint. It will feel safer, with a mix of strengthened heritage buildings and innovative new architecture that spans work, home and leisure – a new Central Library, a performing arts venue and sporting facilities are all on the cards.
Accessibility will also be enhanced, with one-way streets becoming two-way and traffic slowed to a 30-kilometre per hour limit. Walking and cycling paths will be integral to the new city, as will public transport – including a light rail system that will initially connect the Christchurch CBD with Canterbury University in Ilam.
It’s only a draft for now, so there’s still time to make your opinions heard. From Tuesday 16 August the Draft Central City Plan will be available online at www.centralcityplan.org.nz or in hard copy from Christchurch City Council service centres and libraries (or phone 03 941 8999 or 0800 800 169). There’ll be road shows around Christchurch between 23 August and 4 September 2011 and a drop-in centre operating from 5 to 11 September 2011. Check out the plan and make sure you have your say on the future of Christchurch!