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Christchurch to be low-rise sustainable city

Christchurch City Council unveiled its plans to rebuild as a low-rise sustainable city following February’s devastating earthquake.

The council has published a draft Central City Plan which sets out how Christchurch’s centre, badly damaged due to the earthquake, will be redeveloped and rebuilt over the next 10 to 20 years.

Christchurch mayor Bob Parker said the centre will be a “low-rise, resilient, safe and sustainable place”.

Under the proposals, the banks along the Avon River will be widened, a light rail system will be built to connect the University of Canterbury with the Central City and engineers will create a network of neighbourhood parks and gardens.

Residents have until 16 September to comment on the proposals.

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