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