Objective: A distinctive city where form, amenity and heritage values are maintained and enhanced.
The identity of the City is derived from its form, amenity and heritage values and their relationship to natural and physical resources. Christchurch is not unlike many other cities with its natural and physical features, functions and activities. However, its identity is created from the special relationship of the natural and physical features which set this City apart from other cities. Amenity reflects positive values. It is the attractive and pleasant environment created by the built form, open spaces and other natural features, and their inter-relationship. The City's heritage, its early buildings and places of early cultural association including those of Tangata Whenua and their culture and activities, are also sought to be conserved for the enjoyment and education of future generations.
Key anticipated environment results
A central business area with a continuing focus on diversity of activity, but concentration of built form at the highest scale and density
Identification and protection of heritage items, as a contribution to maintaining the heritage of the City
Identification and protection of representative examples of trees having special value to the community
The Port Hills reflecting an open space character and rural qualities that maintain a clear, visual contrast with the urban parts of the City