21 Jul 2017

On Thursday, July 27 the Christchurch City Council will be meeting at 10am. On its agenda is:

  • A report which seeks a decision from the Council on whether it wants to adopt a Living Wage policy. The report does not make any recommendations but outlines options including fully adopting the Living Wage, not adopting it, or partial implementation. There are about 470 Council staff who are paid less than the official Living Wage rate which rose to $20.20 on 1 July. Most are casual, part time or seasonal staff working as lifeguards, swim instructors or customer service assistants in our recreation and sport facilities. 
  • A report which recommends the Council submit the draft Cranford Regeneration Plan to Regenerate Christchurch for review. The draft Plan proposes rezoning about 38 hectares of residual rural land on the upper end of Cranford St for residential purposes.
  • A report which recommends the Council create new storage and treatment ponds next to the new Knights Drain pump station to reduce the risk of flooding in the Bexley and Aranui areas and to improve the quality of water discharges to the Avon River.
  • A report from the Finance and Performance Committee which recommends the Council consult the public, as part of the Long Term Plan, about setting up a new rates postpone scheme. Under the recommended scheme superannuitants and others in financial hardship who own their home could postpone paying their rates bill indefinitely, up to the value of 20 per cent of the property’s rating valuation. The postponement would effectively be a loan, which would have to be repaid when the property was sold.
  • A report which outlines the work proposed for the Council to lead and expedite the regeneration planning for the earthquake-related damage at South New Brighton.
  • A report which seeks Council’s approval of a draft submission in support of the proposed third south-bound lane on the Waimakariri Bridge. The Council’s support is conditional on the lane being for buses or high occupancy vehicles only and a separated cycle lane also being built.
  • A report which outlines the decision-making process for resource consent hearings and recommends a Hearings Panel be used to make the notification and substantive decisions for resource consent applications where there is a high degree of complexity.
  • A report which asks the Council to approve for implementation the Christchurch Economic Development Strategy, noting the strategy will be refreshed by ChristchurchNZ in about 12 months.
  • A report from the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board which recommends the Council not dedicate two lots in the Yaldhurst Village subdivision as a road under the Local Government Act and instead inform Infinity Yaldhurst Limited to pursue the matter through the courts. The Board's recommendation is contrary to the recommendation from Council staff. The Council considered the Board's recommendation and heard deputations on this report at its meeting on July 6 and left it to lie on the table until this meeting.
  • A report seeking approval of the Council’s Strategic Framework, which will be used as the strategic foundation of the draft Long Term Plan 2018-28.  

Read the full agenda.

The public are welcome to attend the Council meeting, which will be held in the Council Chamber on the second floor of the Civic Offices in Hereford St. Alternatively you can watch the meeting on the live-stream.