A report setting out options for responding to the earthquake legacy issues along the Southshore and South New Brighton estuary edge will be considered by Christchurch City Council next week.
The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes caused the estuary edge land to drop in some places. This has increased erosion and the risk of flooding in some areas and has also meant some trees and plants have died along the estuary edge, which has led to further erosion.
The earthquake legacy issues project came from Council’s decision in May to take over leadership of the work within scope of the Southshore and South New Brighton Regeneration Strategy. This work was previously led by Regenerate Christchurch.
In taking over the work, Council decided to split the project into two: address earthquake legacy issues, and develop an adaptation strategy to address climate change.
After three months of identifying and assessing options to address earthquake legacy issues on the estuary edge, which included two separate periods of community engagement, Council staff have prepared a report which recommends the Council:
High level estimates put the cost of doing the recommended work at between $3.6 million and $4.1 million.
There is also a range of work to respond to earthquake legacy issues that Council staff propose is done anyway and doesn’t require Council decisions. This work includes publishing maintenance schedules for Council parks and reserves, and making information available on topics such as groundwater, stormwater, flooding, and planning and consenting.
The Council will consider the staff’s recommendations when it meets on Thursday. You can follow the meeting on the Council’s live-stream(external link).