Zoning overturned for dozens of Chch homes
Fri, 24 Aug 2012 1:12p.m.
Zoning decisions for 104 Christchurch properties have been overturned after their owners sought reviews.
Three of the properties will be rezoned from red to green, while 101 will change from green to red.
Most of their owners were among 1300 people who applied to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority's (CERA) zoning review advisory group to have decisions about their properties reviewed, although some of those applications were subsequently withdrawn.
The owners of 35 properties who did not apply for reviews have also had their zoning changed, following assessments of zone boundaries.
The advisory group found that 62 of the properties changing to red - which are in Burwood, Dallington, Linwood and Avondale - met cabinet criteria for that designation.
CERA chief executive Roger Sutton says the other 39 rezoned to red did not strictly meet cabinet's criteria, "but on balance their land met its intent", including issues around isolation and unviable infrastructure.
CERA staff are working to contact the owners of the 104 properties that have changed zones, while all of the owners who applied for a review will receive a letter on Friday or Saturday to advise them of the outcome, Mr Sutton said.
Those owners whose land is now zoned red will be eligible for a crown offer to buy their property, while the three properties that are no longer zoned red will have their crown offers withdrawn, and they will be able to progress their Earthquake Commission and insurance claims to complete repairs.
"I appreciate this still didn't give everyone the answer they were hoping for, but the process has been able to correct the boundary anomalies where needed. This is the end of the flat land zoning process now," Mr Sutton said.
"It has been an incredibly long and detailed process but I am happy that there is finality for the many people who have been so badly affected by the devastating earthquakes."
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