What do you think "inappropriate development" of heritage means? A New Zealand response to threats to heritage character and city identity

Miller, Murray G. (2005) What do you think "inappropriate development" of heritage means? A New Zealand response to threats to heritage character and city identity. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

In New Zealand, local authority management of heritage falls under the auspices of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The RMA is New Zealand's main piece of environmental legislation and provides a framework for managing the effects of activities on the environment. The purpose of the RMA is to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources. Recently, the Resource Management Amendment Act (2003), elevated the protection of historic heritage from inappropriate subdivision, use and development to a matter of national importance. Also of importance is an appreciation that some planning decisions have actually reduced the effectiveness of planning controls for heritage protection, resulting in a more permissive attitude to the enabling heritage provisions of the RMA. In addition, an emphasis on the protection of individual buildings has resulted in the erosion and loss of settings, streetscapes and character areas. This paper submits that the level of public, planning and legal appreciation of heritage conservation principles and the degree of understanding as to what constitutes inappropriate subdivision, use and development of historic heritage, is a prominent threat. This paper will identify the nature and scope of threats to heritage protection in Christchurch, New Zealand’s third largest city, and outline the efforts to better reflect the statutory provisions for heritage protection. It will illustrate the development of proactive regulatory heritage management measures by reference to a recent case study that raises issues regarding the management of change. It will cause you to think about clarity in planning language that is intended to support the retention of heritage values associated with city identity, setting and sense of place.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Miller, Murray G.
Languages: English
Keywords: city plan; legal protection; urban development; threats; management; setting; identity
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 03. National/Regional legislations
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Christchurch, New Zealand
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2010 16:58
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/335

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