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From: Malcolm Gollan

Dear Christchurch City Council,

I would like to know the grounds for an extension to the temporary accommodation consent given to Orbit Protect in a residential area through till 2021 when there is abundant available office space to let in the city. Could you also list the number of temporary accommodation consents given to similar businesses that will expire in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Yours faithfully,
Malcolm Gollan

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Dear Malcolm,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

We are handling your request under the Local Government Official
Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA). Your request has been
forwarded to the appropriate Christchurch City Council staff, and we will
provide a response or update within 20 working days of the date we
received your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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Dear Malcolm,

 

Thank you for your email, received on August 13^th 2018. You requested the
following information, under the Local Government Official Information and
Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA):

 

1.       I would like to know the grounds for an extension to the
temporary accommodation consent given to Orbit Protect in a residential
area through till 2021 when there is abundant available office space to
let in the city.

 

2.       Could you also list the number of temporary accommodation
consents given to similar businesses that will expire in 2018, 2019, 2020,
and 2021.

 

 

Response:

 

 1. Temporary earthquake recovery activities established under the
Canterbury Earthquake Order 2011 are permitted activities until 2021
as per clause 3 of the Canterbury Earthquake (Resource Management Act
Permitted Activities) Order 2011 - see below:

 

[1]http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulatio...

 

The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 extended the expiry date
for all temporary accommodation approvals from the original date of 18
April 2016, to the expiry of the Regeneration Act on 30 June 2021.  The
extension of Orbit Protect's temporary accommodation approval was not a
decision made by the Christchurch City Council, but was an automatic
extension arising from this legislative change.

 

 

 2. There have been approximately 700 non-residential temporary
accommodation approvals issued since March 2011, excluding storage
depots and facilities associated with earthquake recovery works.
However not all of those are still operating from the site. A December
2017 review of temporary accommodation approvals showed that, at that
time, less than 300 were either still operating from the site or their
status was unconfirmed. Staff report that there won't be any approvals
due to expire prior to 30 June 2021 unless approval was only given for
a limited period of time due to the nature of the activity.

 

For your reference please find attached a spreadsheet detailing a December
2017 review of the status of the temporary accommodation permits.

 

 

 

You have the right to ask the Ombudsman to investigate and review our
response. Complaints can be sent by email to
[2][email address], by fax to (04) 471 2254, or by post to
The Ombudsman, PO Box 10152, Wellington 6143.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

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From: Malcolm Gollan

Dear Official Information,

Surely there has to be some common sense applied here when there is a lot of vacant office space in the city (Currently 1081 offices listed on Trademe in ChCh). Letting businesses operate in residential areas until 2021 when this office space is available will hold back the rebuild of the city and destroy confidence in building new office space in the city centre when there is still lots of vacant space that needs infilling. The Council has a duty to do something to encourage these businesses back to where they should be located. By your figures 300 businesses could be taking up some of these 1081 available offices.

Also the Canterbury Earthquake (Resource Management Act Permitted Activities) Order 2011 requires the holder to mitigate any adverse effects of the activity, which I would imagine includes car parking. Why has the holder of this permit not being required to build carparks on there property when there is clearly enough room to do so and when they would have been there over 7 years by 2021? All other businesses in residential areas that I see (e.g. dentists in the local area) have been required to do so.

Yours sincerely,

Malcolm Gollan

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Dear Malcolm,

I have forwarded your follow up query on to the relevant staff for response.

Kind regards,

Ana

Ana Macadie
Information Advisor
Office of the Chief Executive
Christchurch City Council
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8011

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From: Malcolm Gollan

Dear Official Information,

Can you please reply as to why no formal response has been given. You must be aware of your obligations under law.

Yours sincerely,

Malcolm Gollan

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Dear Malcolm,

My apologies. I understood that this had been followed up directly.

I will have an answer to you shortly.

Kind regards,

Ana

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Dear Malcolm,

 

My apologies again for the late reply.

 

Staff have provided the following response to your query:

 

In relation to the first point in your email, the Council does not have
the power to override the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 and
require temporary office accommodation to cease operating from residential
properties prior to the 30 June 2021 expiry date. The Act provided for
universal extension to all temporary accommodation, regardless of whether
there was/is still a need for it.

 

However, the Council can enforce compliance with the standards prescribed
in temporary accommodation approvals, including the need to avoid or
mitigate any significant adverse effects. The temporary accommodation
approval issued to Orbit Protect also includes a specific requirement for
the applicant to maximise the use of the on-site parking spaces, and
minimise the effects of on street parking on residential properties -
refer standard 2 below.

 

 

Following previous complaints in June 2015, planning staff issued a
reminder to the applicant of the need to comply with these standards, and
the Monitoring Team also investigated the on-street parking situation.

 

I understand that in 2017 and after your most recent complaint the
business owner was contacted by the Council and reminded of their
obligations under the permit.

 

Would you like the Compliance Officer responsible for this area to call
you?

 

 

Kind regards,

Ana

 

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From: Malcolm Gollan

Dear Official Information,

Yes that would be great.

Yours sincerely,

Malcolm Gollan

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Dear Malcolm,

I'll get in touch with Mr Paul Tweed. I'll let you know when he will call.

Could you let me know your phone number?

Kind regards,

Ana

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