The Central City Action Plan aims to encourage more people back to the central city.

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About the Central City Action Plan

The plan brings together central city regeneration activities and work programmes into a single, cross-agency, action-focused plan for delivery over the next three years until 2021.

It features projects and activities ranging in scope and scale. Many are already underway or in development, some will be delivered during 2019, and others will need time to prepare and be delivered in 2020 and beyond.

The plan builds on the momentum of current regeneration work. It brings fresh clarity, energy and drive to maximise opportunities and get things done.

Latest updates

A report outlining the Central City Action Plan(external link) will be considered for approval by the Council on Thursday 8 November 2018.

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Why we’ve created the plan

The key to a thriving central city is people – people living, working, shopping, spending, visiting, and doing business. 

The Central City Action Plan’s focus is to:

  • encourage residential and business development in the central city
  • make it an attractive place for people to live, work and spend time
  • stimulate investment to support growth and create a place where businesses can thrive
  • bring people into the central city via venues, attractions and events
  • promote Christchurch’s central city nationally and internationally.

Together, all these initiatives are aimed at giving people reasons to visit and return to the central city again and again.

Timeline of the action plan's development

30 June 2018

Central City Momentum Advice

18 August 2018

Mayor and Minister call for the Action Plan

13 September 2018

Action Plan outline agreed by the Council

18 October 2018

Draft review by Central City Development Forum

8 November 2018

Presentation of the Action Plan for approval by the Council

Who’s involved?

Partnerships are key to the plan’s success.

The plan has been jointly developed by the Council, ChristchurchNZ, Development Christchurch Limited, Otakaro Limited and Regenerate Christchurch, with significant contributions from business leaders and the city’s other public agencies. It has also involved central city business, community and residents’ groups, and property owners.

The plan sets out clear objectives, responsibilities and timeframes so everyone has a shared focus and is able to work together quickly and decisively in the best interests of the city.

The plan will be overseen, monitored and driven by City Executives – a group made up of CEOs and senior managers from key central city regeneration organisations.

Progress will also be reported to the Central City Development Forum, an advisory group comprising councillors, businesses and community association representatives.

Central City Action Plan – partners and contributing organisations

During this process the following agencies, organisations and groups have contributed to the Action Plan. They will also play a role in the delivery of its projects and programmes. Council and its partner agencies are grateful for their contributions. As the Plan is delivered, everyone in the city and wider region has a role in supporting its success by visiting, learning about and enjoying the ever-growing range of opportunities it has to offer 

Public agency partners 

  • Christchurch City Council
  • ChristchurchNZ
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC)
  • Development Christchurch Ltd (DCL)
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Greater Christchurch Partnership
  • Ōtākaro
  • Regenerate Christchurch.

Central city business and property organisations 

  • Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
  • Central City Business Association (CCBA)
  • Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited
  • Hospitality New Zealand
  • Property Council New Zealand.

Central city resident and community associations

  • Avon Loop Residents Association
  • Chester Street East Community
  • Inner City East Neighbourhood Group
  • Inner City West Neighbourhood Association
  • Moa Neighbourhood Group
  • Victoria Neighbourhood Association.