08 April 2017
The draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan – developed by Waimakariri District Council, Greater Christchurch Group (within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet), Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Ngāi Tū Ahuriri Rūnanga – won both the award for Best Practice Strategic Planning and Guidance and the Nancy Northcroft Award, which is the NZPI’s supreme award.
The Recovery Plan proposes parks and reserves, walking and cycling links, community facilities, mixed use business areas, roads and infrastructure, and provision for heritage and mahinga kai activities and rural activities.
NZPI chief executive David Curtis says the judges drew attention to how the project “displayed innovative and creative excellence in planning, community engagement and leadership, successfully responding to complex planning and technical requirements across three distinct regeneration areas within a relatively short time frame.
“The plan provides a good balance between certainty and flexibility in land uses and successfully integrates the proposed land uses within the wider community and planning framework.”
Other key awards related to natural hazard planning in the Bay of Plenty, transport and infrastructure planning in Auckland, consultation on a pedestrian / cycle bridge in Palmerston North and a disaster risk reduction project in Vanuatu.
Curtis said a variety of significant national and regional projects were nominated, with competition being so intense the awards committee determined that additional projects needed to be recognised as Highly Commended within some of the categories.
Commenting at the end of NZPI’s conference in Wellington, Curtis said the top three planning issues addressed were reform of Resource Management Act, urban development and natural hazards. Water management, living-roof urbanism, Māori participation in Resource Management processes, compact cities, transport and rural issues were also on the agenda.
More than 600 delegates attended the conference. This included, in addition to planners and resource management practitioners, industry leaders, iwi, designers, scientists, members of the legal profession and judiciary and local and central government representatives.
The NZPI conference, which has been held annually since 1964, coincides with “an unprecedented period of planning reform and legislative change,” David Curtis said.
PROJECT: Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan
PROJECT: Natural Hazard Risk in the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement
PROJECT: Transport for Future Urban Growth – Strategy Production Stage
PROJECT: He Ara Kotahi Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge Consultation
PROJECT: Vanuatu Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction Project
PROJECT: Section 1 Merton Road to St Johns Road, Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai – Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path
Papa Pounamu Outstanding Service Award
In recognition of her contribution to Maori environmental planning and resource management.
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