The Christchurch Urban Design Panel is a group of leading built-environment professionals who provide free, independent design review for both the private and public sectors, to support the quality rebuild of Christchurch.
Private developers are encouraged to submit their plans to the panel for a pre-application review to provide greater certainty at the resource consent application stage. Major urban projects the Council is undertaking will also be submitted to the panel for review.
Developers are encouraged to submit their plans to the Panel for a pre-application review, in order to provide greater certainty at the resource consent application stage. The earlier the Panel can review a proposal, the more helpful their advice, and the easier it will be to act on their recommendations.
A Panel review meeting involves a group of three to four Panellists meeting with a developer and discussing their project to understand the design objectives, constraints and outcomes sought. The Panel's recommendations represent its consensus following the review meeting, and will be provided to the applicant within five working days.
The Christchurch Urban Design Panel is not a decision-making body for resource consent applications. However, its recommendations may be considered among other matters, on balance, by a planner processing a resource consent. Decisions about resource consent applications rest with the Council or the delegated decision-making body (e.g. commissioner).
A series of triggers identify proposals that – due to their scale, complexity and/or sensitivity of their location – would benefit from independent design review. In addition, the triggers reflect the parts of the District Plan where urban design control applies.
The Panel shall consider proposals that meet the following criteria:
Where the applicant wishes to take a proposal to the Panel that does not fit the criteria outlined above, Council staff will consider whether it is of a scale and complexity that warrants design review.
Panellists were selected following an open call for expressions of interest in late 2016. They are leading practitioners and academics from the following core disciplines, and also bring specialist areas of expertise:
Each Panel meeting will include four panellists drawn from the larger pool, to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest and to allow for specialist advice when needed.