I received this from Chris Kissling:
Tuesday Club facilitates debate on many issues. One of those current and urgent issues is the need to inform Assoc Minister Poto Williams of concerns held by those who oppose the use of s71 of the Greater Christchurch Regenerate Act to fast track changes to the Christchurch District Plan to circumvent the resource consent conditions laid down by the Environment Court, without opportunity for the merits of the proposals to be cross-examined using RMA processes as would be normal but for a contrived emergency.
Also, the Christchurch City Council administers Hagley Park with devolved responsibility from the Minister of Conservation. The CCC issues leases for use of Hagley Park for recreational purposes and for intermittent commercial events. Under the Reserves Act, leases for recreational use and commercial use are different. The CCC is calling for submissions regarding leases for the six proposed permanent high standing light towers at Hagley Oval and says if they are granted, they would be on the same basis as existing leases to the Canterbury Cricket Trust and therefore not commercial leases. These light towers are required for commercial TV purposes for broadcast of night cricket.
The Christchurch Civic Trust wishes to hear from others who hold similar concerns and help facilitate a coordinated response to the two calls for public comment, one to DPM&C regarding the s71 proposals, and the other to the CCC regarding the issue of new leases for the ground on which the six light towers will occupy permanently. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond with information.
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