The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan was written after the 2011 earthquakes.

Christchurch Central Recovery Plan

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act (CER Act) required the Christchurch City Council to develop a draft recovery plan (Central City Plan) for the Central Business District (CBD) which was presented to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery within nine months of the legislation being enacted.

The Minster reviewed the Council's draft recovery plan, taking into account its impact, effect and funding implications, and came to the view that it could not be approved without amendment. In particular, there was insufficient information in the draft on how the recovery plan would be implemented and it proposed changes to the District Plan that were considered unnecessarily complex.

The Minister established a special unit within CERA(external link) (now disestablished), the Christchurch Central Development Unit(external link) (CCDU) which has finalised the plan and will lead its implementation, working in close collaboration with the Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and other key stakeholders.

View the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan [PDF, 11 MB](external link)

View An Accessible City [PDF, 5 MB] – the replacement transport chapter for the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (2013).

Background information

Share an Idea generated 106,000 ideas from the community for the redevelopment of the Central City following the devastating earthquakes. These ideas are reflected in the draft Central City Plan. The final Draft Central City Plan documents developed by the Council informed and shaped the CCDU's Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.

Final Draft Central City Plan

Changes to the Christchurch City District Plan 

Central City Plan Technical Appendices 

Please note that the Christchurch Central City Geological Interpretative Report file is low resolution, therefore, some of the graphics might be pixelated. If you require a high-resolution file please contact us.

The information contained in the Christchurch Central City Geological Interpretative Report represents the current view of Tonkin & Taylor which is subject to change (in whole or in part) without notice due to the unpredictable nature of earthquakes or other natural hazard events. Christchurch City Council is not qualified to have any view of the information contained in the report and does not represent or warrant the completeness or accuracy of any information within this report.

Christchurch City Council has no control over and shall not be responsible or in any way liable, to any person or entity that chooses to rely upon the information, for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies whether arising from negligence or otherwise or for any consequences arising therefrom. Any person or entity wishing to rely on the information is advised to seek such independent advice as may be necessary.

Tonkin Taylor Geological Interpretative Report [PDF, 3.5 MB]