Another week gone and a lot of info below. Things are obviously hotting up as we get closer to the next Government announcement. Go the All Blacks…
Housing assistance for red zone residents
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett have announced that temporary accommodation assistance is available for Cantabrians in the residential red zone. From today Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA) will be available for Christchurch residents who own homes within the residential red zone.
“This will help earthquake-affected residents who’ve had to move out of their own home and have extra accommodation costs to cover,” says Mr Brownlee.
“We understand that reaching final settlement on red zone homes will take time, so extending Temporary Accommodation Assistance to include those residents is the right thing to do,” says Ms Bennett.
“This extension applies to residents who want to stay in the city but whose homes in the red zone can’t be rebuilt or won’t be repaired,” says Mr Brownlee.
(Please see below in the Community Wellbeing Summary for questions and concerns regarding this assistance.)
Relocation of houses
Check out paragraph 10 Earthquake Commission Act 1993 No 84 (as at 01 April 2008), http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1993/0084/latest/DLM307146.html. We are looking into how this would apply in our current situations./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Wainoni Methodist Church Visit on Wednesday
Gerry began with a general introduction and went through in a few facts. Ie. The average drop of the land across ChCh is 200mm with some parts dropping as much as 1.5 metres, the land has rotated clockwise on average 200mm but up to 3 metres in places and 1500 commercial buildings will be demolished with a total of 1800 across the greater ChCh. The rest of the info is bullet pointed below.
· Every piece of land can be remediated. The factors that get in the way are cost and time. How deep are our pockets and how long do we want to wait?
· RV’s are low and so buying elsewhere is difficult? Yes but there is a plus in that your purchase elsewhere is also an investment. The banks are also giving good rates for the next 12 months.
· Are we able to land swap? The government is not looking at land swaps. Ie residential land being swapped for parks or golf courses.
· How do the payments and offers work with cross lease sections? The land value is probably low but the capital value should be higher.
· What about multiple “cottage” situations? For example elderly “cottages” that have a joint contract. Do we have to wait and all move together? We will have to look at this as this is something new but the expectation is that individuals will receive settlements rather than it going to the body.
· Sale and purchase – the government will pay a $50 000 dollar deposit after the home owner accepts the offer and this could be used for a deposit somewhere else. Settlement can be at a later date. Exact details will come out with the government offer in a couple of weeks time.
· Legal fee contribution from the government will be paid as a part of the settlement. The details have not been locked down yet but will be in due course.
· Local Lawyers are being briefed on how the process will work
· Can people remain in their homes until final settlement date? Yes. (no time frame was given with respect to how long people will be given to settle)
· Is there a review or appeal process being considered. Yes this is being put together and this will be announced when the details are released.
· Can we relocate our houses? We are meeting with developers now to talk about this and will be an option that becomes available.
· Will there be height restrictions put in place with respect to the number of floors of high rise buildings? Buildings must be built to the earthquake and other codes.
· Can the government monitor insurance companies? We talk to them almost on a daily basis. They have been very cooperative. They may be slow but they want to get it right and they are certainly hesitant to move when there are still earthquakes. It would be good to get a whole month without a shake.
· When do the Orange Zones go Green? June changed everything. Kaiapoi will be first hopefully in a couple of weeks and then we will decide on Brooklands, Spencerville, Southshore, followed by Avonside, Dallington, Avondale, then Halswell and lastly the Fendalton area.
· Will some houses that have been zoned Green be reassessed? … There may have been some errors and so once we get through the Orange and White zones we WILL go back and check the zoning as we expect there may be some Green zoning that will change to Red. We apologize for this but as you can imagine this is a huge job considering the time frames.
On Thursday we met with Simon Mortlock and four lawyers from Community Law to discuss how we can work together, generate answers and deliver information specific to the zoning options as well as the decision making / insurance process. The meeting was very productive as we quickly agreed on the need to work together and be efficient. The outcomes. The lawyers agreed to putting together a 3 or 4 page brief on what to do when the government red zone details come out. They also agreed to help with the education pack re the insurance / decision making process. Because the details of the government offer are only a couple of weeks away there was also a wish to quickly lock down information. We are wanting homeowners to be well informed and so please consider taking your time to be well informed. If the government were to release the details on the 16th or 17th, how long would it take to work with the lawyers to produce the details, brief their staff and be ready to advise homeowners? At least a few days. More about this next week./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>