Have your say  |  27 Jun 2019

People are being invited to share their views on a proposed development of Naval Point in Lyttelton.

The two options open for public feedback focus on site enhancement, improved accessibility and greater recreational safety – on and off the water.

Option two also proposes that the Christchurch City Council acquires a 1.2 hectare block to help better reconfigure the Naval Point site.

Feedback is being sought on development options for Naval Point.

Feedback is being sought on development options for Naval Point.

Council Head of Parks Andrew Rutledge says the options have been developed following discussions with key stakeholders, working with Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki Marae) and considerable site research.

“We want to further develop the water-focused recreational space and ensure easy harbour access that everyone can enjoy, along with improved boating safety. We also want to improve the existing recreational facilities already based in the area,” Mr Rutledge says.

“Naval Point is one of the few all-tide water access points for Christchurch.

“Coupled with its rare, flat recreational area, it is a major drawcard for water sports enthusiasts, and we need to carefully weigh up development options based on an array of community views.

“Once we have a preferred option, we can then carry out detailed planning and costings for the Naval Point Development Plan, which will go out for further public consultation in 2020.”

Under both options, the waterfront area will be reorganised to improve access and safety.

Parking areas will be upgraded and the present public ramp expanded. It is proposed the Naval Point Club and the Coastguard will share a new facility that more fully meets the needs of both organisations.

Space will also be set aside for the possible future development of a multi-sport court area at the Lyttelton Recreation Ground, while potential recreational activity zones are also up for discussion.

Both options do not include the Magazine Bay Marina. However, it is proposed that a small section be retained as a public jetty.

You can share your views and provide feedback on the Naval Point development proposal via the Council’s Have Your Say webpage.

Consultation opens today and closes on Sunday, 28 July.