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LPC's fast track for 100 consents and $1 billion rebuild

Ten years worth of hearings and 100-odd resource consent applications are behind plans to fast track Lyttelton Port’s [NZX: LPC] rebuild.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee will invoke the special earthquake recovery legislation that has been likened to the power enjoyed by government during war time.

There will still some public consultation when consents are lodged with Environment Canterbury.

But in keeping with the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and the Land Use Recovery Plan the consideration of any public submissions will be slight and there are limited court appeal rights restricted to matters of law.

Environment Canterbury’s government appointed commissioners have indicated they are keen to play their part.

Judging from the recent past, controversial aspects of any plan may include the large reclamations the port company is keen on.

After the earthquakes the port sourced fill from demolished buildings which resulted in a considerable amount of building debris washing up in various bays.

Other areas of public concern include traffic and public access which may be improved under redevelopment plans released in recent years.

The port rebuild will involve up to $1 billion dollars over several years – half of it insurance reinstatement and the other half an upgrading investment programme

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Comments and questions

There wouldnt be an election coming up shortly, by any chance?

Talk is cheap. This could/should have happened 2 years ago!!

I do not think there was sufficient capacity and infrastructure available to make this happen 2 years ago, as well as the need for the seismic conditions to stabilise low enough.
I also seem to recall that the main fault line runs under Port Lyttleton making it necessary to be sure it was going to be stable territory before any new works were commenced.

I hope this relates only to rebuild and new build. If it does, other ports should get the same consideration or this is a taxpayer subsidy to LPC. Consenting costs and timeframes cost money which other ports have to bear when developing new projects and either LPC should have to as well or none of them.