The Christchurch City Council released the first stage of the
proposed changes to the Christchurch District Plan on 27 August
2014, and submissions are currently open on these proposals.
Submissions close on 8 October 2014, and this is the only
opportunity to have your say on the proposed changes.
This initial proposal is the first of a two part review of the
Plan; the second part is expected in mid-2015. This stage will
change rules and policies affecting industrial, commercial,
subdivision, and residential use. These changes will be
concentrated to those areas identified in the Land Use Recovery
Plan. As a general rule the proposals cover the entire city,
excluding the central city. There are some other exceptions. The
'natural hazards' chapter will also have consequences for
anyone living in areas threatened by slope instability (namely the
Port Hills), flooding or liquefaction.
Some of the proposed changes:
Greater density housing will be permitted in some residential
areas, as well as some non-residential activities being
Consenting and notification requirements will be considerably
eased for within areas targeted for development.
Subdivision and Development
Changes to provide for more residential sites in target
More housing options within new subdivision developments.
Density of commercial areas will increase.
Existing commercial zones will be replaced with new ones:
commercial core, fringe, local, Banks Peninsula or retail
Changing the planning maps so they identify hazard-prone
Require raised floor levels to mitigate the effects of flooding
in flood prone areas.
Geotechnical assessment required to permit subdivision on sites
susceptible to liquefaction.
Avoiding use of areas in the Port Hills subject to intolerable
risk to life from cliff collapse, rockfall, mass movement or
Encouraging public and active (biking or walking)
Fewer controls on car parking in some areas, and more control
Some land in Hornby and North Belfast will be zoned
Keep all industrial work together to decrease impact on
Inclusion of objectives and policies relating to contaminated
land to align the District Plan with National Standards.
Duty of the person undertaking activities to identify whether
land is contaminated. If it is, this information will be included
on the LIM.
Submissions can be made to the Council on the proposed changes
until Wednesday 8 October 2014. This is the only opportunity that
the public has to comment on the proposed changes.
Submissions will be heard by an independent hearings panel
appointed by the Ministers for the Environment and the Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery. Any appeal from this hearing goes to the High
Court and can only be on a point of law
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