Radio NZ : August 11, 2011
Christchurch has unveiled a $2 billion plan to re-create the central city as a green, people-friendly, low-rise zone inside a garden.
The Christchurch City Council is developing the plan to guide the rebuilding of the central city that was badly damaged in the 22 February earthquake. Most of the central city remains cordoned off and half of the buildings are expected to be demolished.
At least 100,000 suggestions were submitted by the public though the Share an Idea campaign. They have been incorporated into the draft plan, to be publicly released for a month-long consultation period on Tuesday.
The council was criticised for not making the draft plan available before the meeting, but Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said it had tried to act in the public interest by releasing only the ratified version of the draft.
Christchurch landscape architect Di Lucas said the plan should include plenty of public transport and there should be a focus on residential villages.
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