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Waimakariri MP, Matt Doocey is encouraging local residents to have their say on a draft plan for the future use of the residential red zones in the Waimakariri District.

“The draft plan includes recommendations for interim and long-term uses of land as sports fields and recreation, a dog park, a memorial garden and business uses,” says Mr Doocey.

“What happens with the land will play a big part in the future of our district, so I encourage residents to engage and give their feedback on this plan.

“The proposals draw on analysis of hazards and other land issues, and a range of public feedback that began back in 2014 when the Canvas public consultation campaign gauged what people wanted for the red zones.”

“People will be able to view the draft plan and have their say until the deadline for public feedback on 1 September. The Minister is expected to make a final decision later this year.

“On behalf of the community I would like to thank the Waimakariri District Council and the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration for their work in producing this consultation document,” says Mr Doocey. “We are leading the way with our community discussions around the future use of the residential red zones. Recently, I spoke on the positivity of Waimakariri and what we are doing well at the New Zealand Property Council’s Rebuild Seminar in Christchurch. I meet a range of people in my role and it is good to hear feedback that Waimakariri is heading in the right direction and is on track.”

The Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan can be viewed and commented on at www.dpmc.govt.nz/future-use; on the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Facebook page; or in hard copy at libraries and service centres around greater Christchurch, with supplied feedback forms that can be sent by freepost. Comment on the draft plan can also be emailed to infogcg@dpmc.govt.nz.

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