Rebuild plan keeps faith with submissions
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 5:19a.m.
The blueprint to be unveiled on Monday for the rebuild of central Christchurch keeps faith with the ideas put forward by residents, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
Environmental planning and design consultancy Boffa Miskell, in partnership with the Christchurch Central Development Unit, has spent 100 days coming up with the plan for the central city devastated by the February 2011 earthquake.
Mr Brownlee told TVNZ's Q+A programme on Sunday it was an exciting plan that kept faith with the views of the 106,000 people who made submissions to the council's draft plan about a modern green city.
Action on the blueprint would start immediately.
"In coming months, you'll see the government be able to make announcements about things like the hospital, the advanced technology hub and what we're calling the justice precinct," he said.
"They are very big public assets that are also places of considerable employment."
Most of the central city property was owned by the private sector and Mr Brownlee said there were numerous investors in the city, nationally and internationally who were looking at rebuild opportunities.
He said he believed the city's greatest asset was the Avon River, the Otakaro, which would play a key part in the blueprint.
The Government to date has committed $5.5 billion towards the quake recovery.
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