Christchurch City Council has endorsed a Global Settlement with the Crown.
The Global Settlement (external link)has been drawn-up to resolve aspects of the Cost Sharing Agreement that the Council and the Crown signed in 2013 and to establish a clear path forward.
“By endorsing the Global Settlement in principle we are putting a line in the sand and enabling the city to move on,’’ says Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
“The Cost Sharing Agreement left open a number of issues that needed to be resolved. This Global Settlement resolves those issues and normalises the relationship in Christchurch between Crown and Council.’’
The Mayor says many of the deputations the Council heard on Tuesday stressed the need for certainty.
“A common message we heard from residents, community groups and the business community was that they want certainty about the Crown and the Council’s roles. They want to make sure we don’t lose momentum in the regeneration of the city. They also see enormous opportunity in the future of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.
“Inevitably when you negotiate a Global Settlement of any kind you make some concessions - you never get everything you want. But a Global Settlement allows you to move on and avoid costly and protracted negotiations that may not necessarily produce a better outcome,'' the Mayor says.
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The Global Settlement still needs to be considered by Cabinet.