Developer praises fast tracking of sub-division

9:59 am on 28 June 2012

The developer of a subdivision created to provide houses for quake-displaced homeowners in Canterbury says more property developments in the region should be fast-tracked.

The Silverstream subdivision is the first since the quake on which developers are working with local and central Government to fast-track the consent process.

Waimakariri District Council, Environment Canterbury, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and central Government were involved.

Developer Fred Rahme says the process has allowed the subdivision to provide smaller, more affordable sections, with more public spaces.

He says what would usually take about three years has been achieved in just over five months, and all of the sections come with an individual geotechnical assessment.

Mr Rahme says the subdivision is an example of how efficiently the consent process can happen when the right groups work together.

Christchurch red zone resident Mark Hoddinott, who has lived in his Burwood, east Christchurch, home for 25 years, will soon move into his new property in the Kaiapoi subdivision.

Mr Hoddinott says the new section promises him peace of mind as there is a guarantee that the land meets earthquake compliance.

Silverstream developers say 550 of a possible 1180 sections were released for sale in December 2011.

The subdivision will be opened by Prime Minister John Key on Thursday.