General Zoning Issues

The ultimate future of the land in the residential red zones

Q:      What decisions have been made on the ultimate future of the land in the residential red zones?

A:      No decisions have been made on the final future of the land in the residential red zones

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The land in the residential red zone is not likely to be suitable for continued residential living for a long time.  It generally suffers from thin crust issues and/or lateral (sideways) spreading which makes the land too weak or unstable to support houses, without major area-wide land repairs which would take years to design and put in place and involve massive costs and disruption.  This means permanent repairs to the infrastructure (such as roading, power and water supplies) in these areas can also not go ahead.

The council will not be installing new services in the residential red zone.

If only a few people remain in a street and/or area, the council and other providers may decide that it is no longer affordable or practical to keep services to the homes that are left.

Insurers may cancel or refuse to renew insurance policies for properties in the residential red zones.

CERA does have the power under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 to require you to sell your property to CERA for its market value at that time. It is important to note that if CERA decides  in the future to use these powers to purchase your property, the market value could be much less than the amount that you would have received under the Crown’s offer. 

This information has been adapted from CERA’s website. 


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