The Christchurch City Council has unanimously voted to accept the draft concept plan for a proposed multimillion-dollar coastal pathway that has some seaside residents divided.
The plan for a 6km-long pathway is expected to cost $26 million and will run from Ferrymead to Scarborough.
Councillors heard submissions about the plan from residents at a meeting on Thursday morning.
Christchurch Coastal Pathway spokesperson Mike Sleigh told them the pathway will revitalise the earthquake-hit seaside suburbs, with an estimated 1 million users a year.
But Redcliffs community spokesperson Grant Bargrove told the meeting he has concerns the pathway will limit public and boating access and will have a negative impact on marine life.
The draft plan will now go out for public consultation.