Residents in Rangiora have told town planners they don't want their town rebuilt to look bland and characterless.
More than 100 people attended a public meeting on Monday night to hear an update from Waimakariri District Council on the town's major rebuild projects.
These included the latest plans for reshaping some of the main roads at Red Lion Corner, and turning the high street into a two-way road for vehicles.
Although these ideas were largely welcomed, concerns were raised about the way some new buildings might look.
Solicitor Keith Hales said he hopes there won't be a bland mall built in the town centre.
The district council said it's already tightened the design rules to avoid blank walls and encourage more window space.