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Frequently Asked Questions - planning activities

How is the rebuild work prioritised across the city?
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While SCIRT understands all works may be seen as urgent, because this rebuild task is so large, works in some areas will need to take priority over others. Determining a rebuild schedule is a complex and important task, and there is a well thought out planning process in place to drive the programme. In determining a rebuild schedule SCIRT must consider both local operational drivers (i.e. where services are fragile), and strategic drivers (i.e. where there is wider community or city benefit).

When prioritising rebuild projects SCIRT considers where the services are most fragile, where there is the greatest need, where we can coordinate with other services, how to minimise disruption, and maximise safety, sustainability, and value for money. Priority has been given to the worst damaged areas that affect the greatest number of people, and getting services fixed in areas around key service providers (e.g. hospitals and schools). In prioritising the rebuild, SCIRT considers the following factors:

  1. Operational prioritisation – e.g. the condition and importance of the asset, how well it is operating and the ongoing cost of operating the asset.
  2. Interdependencies – e.g. repairing downstream wastewater lines before upstream ones.
  3. Key services – e.g. maintaining access to emergency, medical and educational facilities and major transport networks.
  4. External factors – e.g. influences from other Recovery Strategies such as Central City Development Unit, social and economic.
  5. Constraints – e.g. the availability of resources and materials.
  6. Common sense check – SCIRT reviews the decision and decides 'is this the right thing to do now?'
  7. The rebuild work will take around five years to complete, and this rebuild schedule will help give you an indication of time lines.

What are the things that may change the SCIRT Work Schedule or priorities?
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The SCIRT Work Schedule has been prioritised based on operational issues, i.e. the state of the fresh water, wastewater, stormwater networks and roads. With the infrastructure rebuild schedule there are a number of other external factors which will continue to influence the priority of works. The schedule needs to be responsive to these factors, which include:

  • Further major earthquakes.
  • Funding – funding for the rebuild will come from central and local government and will be allocated through their annual budgeting processes.
  • Availability of resources including people, plant and materials.
  • Insurance impacts.
  • Impacts from other rebuilding programmes (e.g. housing, other utility services).
  • Environmental priorities.
  • Strategic planning processes by CERA, the Christchurch City Council, and the NZTA.
  • Priorities for servicing new land developments.
  • Continued assessment of existing infrastructure networks.
  • Current schedule of transitional works – i.e. moving from emergency works to rebuild works.
  • Operational priorities of asset owners - i.e. Christchurch City Council and NZTA.
  • Design issues and opportunities.

All the timeframes indicated in the rebuild schedule are therefore indicative, and may be subject to change based on one or more of the factors listed above.