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Busways instead of light rail lines?

April 26, 2012 by


Huge speculation currently hangs over the future of the big ticket transport items in the draft Central City Plan. As the newly set up Christchurch Central Development Unit develops its blueprint for the central city, we are left to wonder the fate of things like the plan for a light rail network. The prognosis is admittedly […]

Government response to rebuild plan

April 18, 2012 by


So today Gerry Brownlee announced the Government’s response to the draft Central City Plan. Overall, probably not as bad as it could have been, however, it did throw up a few things that didn’t surprise me in the least. Firstly, the plans for rail were called a “nice to have” and that, and other key […]

More on one-way system changes

March 30, 2012 by


Just a bit more news on the one-way system story from the other day. It looks like the bylaw proposal could be considered by councillors as soon as May. Interestingly, the proposed bylaw would amend the Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2008, which would enable the city council to specify, amend or revoke, by resolution rather than […]


March 23, 2012 by


When the share an idea concept was launched to help set a direction for the central city plan, there were a number of people who responded with a “build a monorail” plea. So much so that it even got some mileage in the media, although that is probably largely down to misunderstandings around the term, […]

Council – “Plenty of land for rebuild”

February 28, 2012 by


In recent months there has been a scream from property developers that urban limits are leading to a land shortage and a lack of housing in the Greater Christchurch area. There have also been claims that this leads to housing price increases. Yet, I have failed to really grasp how this point of view has […]

Local government reform on the agenda

February 26, 2012 by


The other day in a post I commented that I felt the Government may shy away from local government reform in Christchurch/Canterbury (in fact I said “I have an inkling the government may be cautious about such a prospect given what has happened in Auckland“). I might well be wrong on that as it looks […]

A few questions, a few answers – from the CERA boss

February 23, 2012 by


Yesterday there was a piece on the Herald website which had some questions and answers with CERA boss Roger Sutton. I thought it gave some pretty transparent answers to some of the more important and fundamental questions, and thought I would pop a few on here. Of course, there is always going to be an element of “oh […]