The ownership and management of Crown-owned residential red zone land in greater Christchurch is being progressively transferred from the Crown to Christchurch City Council (CCC).
This transfer is part of the September 2019 Global Settlement Agreement, a contract between the Crown and CCC to finalise the remaining costs and responsibilities for Christchurch’s earthquake recovery and regeneration.
The transfer of red zone land has begun, with CCC now responsible for management of the flatland areas, approximately 6,100 properties. These areas include Brooklands, Southshore and South New Brighton, and the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor. Ownership of Crown-owned red zone land is transferring separately to management responsibilities, and will happen in phases until July 2021. Until ownership is transferred, LINZ retains land ownership obligations such as making decisions about transitional land use.
Find out more about short-term (transitional) use of the RRZ:
CCC has asked LINZ to reconfigure property titles before the land is transferred so it can be more easily used – including for delivery of the 2019 Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan. The reconfiguration work is extensive and includes things like surveying, road stopping, creating easements and removing redundant interests.
The transfer also includes the establishment of community-based advisory group Te Tira Kāhikuhiku which will provide advice to LINZ and Christchurch City Council on applications for temporary land uses, helping to increase the community’s involvement with, and activation of, the red zones.