The Council had started to review the District Plan, however this was interrupted by the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes. To enable recovery and development, the Government directed a new process to fast track the plan review process.
The unique process used for developing the proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan was set out in the Canterbury Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan) Order 2014 (Order in Council). The Order in Council was made under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 (CER Act).
Included in the new process was a direction that an Independent Hearings Panel (IHP), rather than Council, would make decisions on the replacement plan.
The Statement of Expectations, included:
Council planners and experts provided evidence and recommendations, along with submitters and experts representing submitters, however the IHP made the final decision.
The Plan was notified in stages, with the first stage being notified on 27 August 2014. The Christchurch District Plan became operative on 19 December 2017. The coastal hazard provisions in the Christchurch City Plan and the Banks Peninsula District Plan still apply.
The timeline below outlines the process from the formation of the IHP.
IHP members appointed.
Stage One proposals publicly notified and open for submissions.
First batch of decisions released by the IHP.
Stage Two proposals publicly notified and open for submissions.
Stage Three proposals publicly notified and open for submissions.
Decision to set aside coastal hazard provisions from the review process.
Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 (GCRA) replaces the CER Act, and extends the expiry date of the OIC from December 2016 to June 2021.
All IHP hearings completed and decisions made.
Minor corrections decisions by the IHP (final minor corrections decision released in November 2017).
All appeals to the High Court on points of law resolved.
All parts of the Replacement District Plan became operative (excluding coastal hazard provisions), becoming The Christchurch District Plan.
Greater Christchurch Recovery Act expires, prohibition on plan changes expires, and the Council is required to apply the RMA in a way that is consistent with Recovery/Regeneration Plans also ends.