We’d like your feedback on a proposed change to the Christchurch District Plan relating to short-term accommodation in residential, papakāinga and rural zones.

Project status: Open for feedback
Open for feedback: 24th September 2020 - 29th October 2020
24 Sep 2020

Proposed Plan Change 4 includes the following changes:

  1.  change the resource consent requirements for visitor accommodation in a house or unit in most residential, rural and papakāinga zones, particularly where a host is not living there.
    1. In residential zones, instead of requiring a Discretionary activity resource consent for unhosted visitor accommodation in a residential dwelling, the changes would require a Controlled activity resource consent for 1-60 days, Discretionary for 61-180 and Non-complying for more than 180 days.
    2. In rural zones, unhosted visitor accommodation in a residential dwelling would be a permitted activity for the first 180 days.
    3. For hosted visitor accommodation in a residential dwelling, additional standards would also apply limiting late-night arrivals and departures and the size of functions.
  2. amend other rules to enable a residential dwelling to be used for visitor accommodation for a limited number of days per year without triggering commercial parking and vehicle access requirements.
  3. amend the objectives and policies for residential zones so commercial-type visitor accommodation is primarily directed to commercial areas; 
  4. update the “residential activity” definition to clarify the status of home exchanges, house-sits and serviced apartments.
  5. change rules for visitor accommodation associated with farms or recreation/conservation activities (e.g. huts/tents around cycling and walking tracks), managing the sizes, types and locations of structures used in some situations. 
  6. for heritage buildings protected under the District Plan, a resource consent would be not required to accommodate up to ten guests if a host is living there. Unhosted visitor accommodation for up to ten guests would be a ‘Controlled activity’ without night limits. 
  7. in the Accommodation and Community Facilities Overlay, limit the scale of activities secondary to visitor accommodation (e.g. conference facilities, gyms restaurants etc.) to be more consistent with the existing rules in the Residential Visitor Accommodation Zone and most commercial zones.


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