Waimakariri prepared for Alert level 2

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By David Hill

The Waimakariri District Council is preparing to transition to Alert Level 2.

Speaking at Tuesday’s (May 5) council meeting, chief executive Jim Palmer said staff were “doing our own planning” while awaiting details from the government on what Level 2 will look like.

“We are reasonably well prepared for that transition. The key issues will be around access to libraries, aquatic facilities, our service centres and possibility what recycling activities will be available at our transfer stations.

“We will provide advice as soon as we have clarity from a national perspective and we will as best as possible be looking for regional and national alignment in terms of service delivery.

“Whatever activity is being provided in Greater Christchurch, then that is something we would look to align ourselves with to minimise confusion.”

In presenting the Waimakariri Zone Committee’s annual report, chairman Michael Blackwell reminded the council of the urgency of the Zone Implementation Plan Addendum recommendations, which is now subject to Plan Change 7 process.

“We are waiting to hear the new NPS (National Policy Statement) on fresh water, which is going to indicate direction of travel and now we’ve got to recognise and be sensitive to the post-Covid-19 situation and whether this process is put on hold.

“But the council needs to be mindful that a lot of the recommendations put forward into Plan Change 7 work on a reasonably long timeframe, five to 10 years, so if we stop this process now it’s only going to push those changes further down the track, so it’s important to maintain the impetus.”

The council received a “Private Plan Change 29” request from Summerset Villages (Rangiora) Ltd to rezone 141 South Belt and 104 Townsend Road from Residential 4B to Residential 2.

The application also contains a provision for a retirement village within the zone.

Councillors directed council staff to notify the plan change request “at the first opportunity”.

The council’s walking and cycling strategy reference group has also been established, with Crs Paul Williams and Sandra Stewart the council appointees.

The reference group will have representation from Environment Canterbury, police, the Waimakariri Access Group, the Age-friendly Advisory Group, Enterprise North Canterbury, Rangiora Promotions, Kaiapoi Promotions Association, Oxford Promotions Action Committee, the four community boards, the Waimakariri Youth Council, a schools representative and council staff.