From when it was formed in 1948, the Summit Road Society has adopted a ‘watchdog’ role for development proposals and other initiatives or policies that affect the Port Hills. There are two areas that fall under the general heading of ‘resource management’.
- From time to time, Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury and the Department of Conservation invite submissions on policy documents or proposed strategies. The Society ensures that its voice is heard, and where appropriate appears at submissions hearings. Examples are the Port Hills Recreation Strategy, Grazing Management of CCC Reserves on the Port Hills and the City Council’s Biodiversity Strategy.
- Development proposals under the Resource Management Act are also scrutinised by the Society, and if we feel that the adverse effects of a resource consent application are sufficiently serious, we are prepared to voice our objections formally in the Environment Court. Examples are our opposition to the construction of the Gondola, where the Society and others failed to prevent it going ahead, our successful opposition to residential development of Montgomery Spur, now owned by the City Council and protected as open space for future generations, and on a smaller scale, our opposition, along with a number of local residents to the creation of a function venue in upper Governors Bay. The Society was also involved in the hearings on the Rural Variation to the Banks Peninsula District Plan.
If you have any concerns about development proposals, please feel free to contact us:
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (03) 326 3035.