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Impending population spike means transport solutions are needed

March 25, 2012 by


There was an interesting article in the Press this weekend about the logistical problems of dealing with the expected influx of workers required for the rebuild of Christchurch. Very quickly, Christchurch is going to have to start dealing with all those supposedly long-term issues that documents like the draft City Plan were developed to tackle, […]

Developments focused on key corridors

March 15, 2012 by


Development will start in the second part of this year on a mixed density residential development in Belfast, that will eventually accommodate between 1300 and 2000 homes (depending on the level of density). It will include shops, a commercial centre, parks, and other community amenities. So what is so special about this development? Its location – located […]

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 […]

The Canterbury Regional Land Transport Study 2012-2042

February 15, 2012 by


Over the last few days I have been having a read through the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Study (RLTS) 2012-2042, and it is quite an interesting read. The RLTS identifies the region’s transport needs and the roles of all land transport modes, and identifies how planning, engineering, education, encouragement and enforcement methods are to be utilised to […]

Sprawl lobby takes a swipe

January 25, 2012 by


A few days ago there was an article in the Press about a recent survey which suggested that house prices in Christchurch were too high, and that land-use policy being pursued by local government, which imposes an urban area limit, was effectively to blame. The annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey appears to be a […]

Worlds eyes on the “Southern Capital”

December 2, 2011 by


Christchurch has been listed by US magazine Foreign Policy as one of 10 global cities to watch (hat tip JP), illustrating once and for all that this is actually a big thing, much is expected, and the worlds eyes are upon us. We certainly have a great opportunity to make a great city, and make an […]

Amberley – Christchurch commuter town!

September 13, 2011 by


A long-planned housing development in Amberley is about to get underway, which could eventually double the population of the North Canterbury town (presently about 1400 residents). The new development, dubbed the “Rolleston of North Canterbury” will create 500 to 600 sections, and include a $30 million shopping centre. Like many other residential developments around greater […]