The Christchurch City Council is reviewing the Christchurch
District Plan (incorporates Christchurch and Banks Peninsula and is
currently seeking feedback from the community on a number of draft
chapters in relation to; commercial, residential, industrial,
subdivision and development, transport and contaminated land.
The current 'feedback' phase effectively provides the
community with an opportunity to provide the Council with feedback
on the proposed District Plan prior to formal notification later
this year. At that point, there will be an opportunity for formal
submissions to be made.
The review does not cover land in the central city within the
four avenues (this area comes under the Central City Recovery
Plan). However provisions proposed by the District Plan review are
intended to support the recovery of the central city.
The Council is currently holding community meetings in areas
where new growth or development is proposed and has invited the
public to provide feedback directly to the Council regarding the
Draft options currently being considered for this District Plan
Commercial activities to operate and develop within identified
commercial centres in locations across the city.
Introducing new classification of commercial centres that
recognises the function of existing and new centres, such as
"District" eg. Riccarton and "Neighbourhood"
Replacing existing Business zones with commercial zones which
recognise the different scale and form of development
Rezoning centres such as Belfast North to recognise the scale
of development and their future role.
New rules for medium density housing in and around commercial
centres eg. Riccarton, Merivale, Papanui and Barrington to allow
for residential intensification.
Rezoning existing car parking areas adjacent to neighbourhood
shopping areas to allow for commercial and residential
A new neighbourhood zone covering areas of greenfield land
where large-scale residential master planned development will take
Rezoning rural land in North Belfast, adjacent to the Hornby
industrial areas and on the corner of Russley Road / Memorial
Avenue for industrial activities.
Consolidating the number of industrial zones to three zones;
reflecting the different functions of industrial activity,
potential amenity impacts and availability of infrastructure
Amending the 'built form' rules for industrial zones
eg. introducing a maximum height limit of 15 metres for
'heavy' industrial areas.
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