The ownership and management of Crown-owned red zone land in greater Christchurch is being progressively transferred from the Crown to Christchurch City Council.
This transfer has now begun, with Brooklands, Southshore and South New Brighton red zone land now owned by the Council. It also manages land in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor (OARC).
The land transfer is part of the September 2019 Global Settlement Agreement, a contract between the Crown and Council to finalise the remaining costs and responsibilities for Christchurch’s earthquake recovery and regeneration.
OARC land ownership will transfer in phases following extensive property title reconfiguration work that the Council has asked us to carry out. The reconfiguration work includes such things as surveying, road stopping, creating easements and removing redundant interests. Once complete, this work will enable the 600ha of land to be more easily used – including for delivery of the 2019 OARC Regeneration Plan.
Ownership and management of Crown-owned red zone land in the Port Hills will transfer in May 2021. Until ownership is transferred, we retain land ownership obligations such as making decisions about temporary events and projects. Find out more: