Residential Thorndon has been under WCC’s scrutiny for years; the examination has been driven by heritage values. Residents have offered grounded advice, noting the many other significant characteristics of the suburb that deserve focus for management i.e. critical issues like traffic, parking, community facilities, and safety concerns. (acknowledging that characteristics of our built environment are already quite well regulated.)

It’s about balance. Keeping ‘grounded’; in touch with reality and facts. Can the latest round of analysis of Thorndon, WCC’s place-based study, reveal and integrate, once and for all, the other significant facts about residential Thorndon that need to be accounted for; adequate to enable the community to understand and agree a desirable, sustainable, resilient residential future.

Top of mind are the lessons from Lyttelton’s blind fault. Will this calamity impact the profiles and options for residential Thorndon? In the bigger scheme of things, what are the appropriate weightings for heritage values and residential preservation for residents in old homes nestled beside an active fault line?

The National Business Review recently offered a view. See “Heritage be damned, safety the priority” (25 February 2011).

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View the fault-line map.