This project focuses on an exploration of options for the future governance, ownership, funding and implementation of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (OARC) and its regeneration.
The draft Regeneration Plan for the OARC was published on 14 November 2018. However, it is essentially a spatial plan that says little about governance, ownership, funding or implementation, despite these being key to its success. It is important that options for this are fully explored and debated, and that your views are heard, otherwise by default these roles are all likely to transfer to Christchurch City Council.
But Council already has its hands full with significant anchor projects and does not have the singular focus to take this on effectively. International experience shows that urban regeneration is most successful when undertaken by an agency INDEPENDENT of the municipal authority and political and bureaucratic interference. It is also much easier to attract international investment when such independence is established.
Re-imagining the City: Climate Change Adaptation and Governance in Christchurch’s Residential Red Zone, Visiting Oxford Students, 2018
Waimakariri Casebook: Moving Regeneration Forward in Waimakariri, Laurie Johnson, 2016
Best Practice in Establishing Urban Regeneration Companies in Scotland, Scottish Government, 2007
The Changing Face of Cogovernance in New Zealand, Rachael Harris, 2015
The more we explored this, the more we came to realsie that there are two types of governance required here: one is long-term governance of the corridor to protect its values and interests and the other goverence of the corridor's regeneration. These require two very different sets of skills in our view. For convenience, we have called the two governance entities the Kaitiaki Trust and the Regeneration Board
Operational budget to run the Regeneration Agency
Operational land and river management and maintenance budgets based on existing Crown budgets and municipal urban greenspace management and maintenance budgets. This must take account of the impacts of the upper catchment on lower catchment waterways management;
Capital infrastructure budgets for transport (major cycleways, roads, bridges, etc), land drainage, flood protection and stormwater remediation, etc that would normally be expected to be the responsibility of CCC (or NZTA) in the OARC area;
The $40M (less administration cost of up to $1.5M) Capital Acceleration Fund allocated for ‘unfunded projects in the green spine’ (subject to business case);
The $15M + accrued interest from Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Fund for ‘projects on the ground that connect communities in the east’, primarily along the OARC, that are not otherwise the responsibility of authorities.
Funding from the Billion Trees Fund, if eligible, for 200,000 trees proposed for the OARC in the Regeneration Plan
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