|20 April 2000|
Spur Hearing Closes With Society
Hearings of submissions over three rezoning applications of rural land on Montgomery Spur, Hillsborough, have finished.
The hearings started on April 3 and continued on most days until today. The four-person panel, under the chairmanship of Councillor Charles Manning, heard that three property owners seeking rezoning to allow housing subdivisions to go ahead.
The Summit Road Society, which completed its case today, argued against the rezoning. It said the land should be retained as rural as part of a wider regional park along the Port Hills.
Cr. Manning said he had been grateful for the submissions and the panel was impressed with the sincerity of submitters on both sides of the case.
"In the main we saw evidence given in good spirit and in understanding of each others point of view," he said.
The panel will make a site inspection next week and then take time to consider its recommendation and prepare a report to the Christchurch City Council. The Council will consider the report in a closed meeting and then all those who made submissions will be notified of the decision.
Because of the number of submissions, about 900, and the range of issues involved, it is expected that the decision will go before the June public meeting of the Council for final approval.
Further information: City Council Assistant Planner, Fiona Hill: 941 8295.