Bright minds and big ideas bring innovation and vitality to the Central City, and a unique set of planning rules keep us all on the same page.
The Christchurch District Plan and the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan provide the Central City development framework.
Both plans have a strong retail and commercial focus. They support an increase in Central City housing within an increasingly green and accessible setting, supported by effective infrastructure.
Here's what makes the Central City unique:
Under the Christchurch District Plan, residential development can occur throughout the Central City.
The District Plan allows for a higher density of residential development in the Central City than elsewhere in Christchurch, with a combination of residential neighbourhoods and areas that can have a mix of uses within close proximity of one another, on the same site or within the same building.
With these differences in neighbourhoods in mind, there are a number of Central City planning and design requirements you'll need to take into consideration when scoping and designing your development. Here's a summary of the key planning and design matters - but for more detail refer to the District Plan or get in touch with the Council's duty planner at email@example.com. Urban designers and an eco-design advisor are also available to chat with, free of charge.
What needs to be provided:
What to consider and provide:
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development (2020) requires Councils to enable in their District Plans building heights and densities in the city centre zone to realise as much urban development capacity as possible.
This will be implemented by August 2022 and may change the height and density provisions for residential development in the Central City. More information on this NPS can be found on the Ministry for the Environment website(external link).
The government has also introduced the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters(external link)) Amendment Bill to bring forward and strengthen the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020.
Have questions, need guidance or can't find what you're looking for about building by the rules? Get in touch with our duty planner at firstname.lastname@example.org