The second phase of the Christchurch District Plan Review has
been notified – which means now is the time to have your say
on these proposals. Submissions are open now, and close on
15 June. It's really important to get a submission in
if you are going to be affected by these changes, as this is the
only way to protect your right to be heard.
We consider that there are several issues in this proposal that
will have a substantial effect on how private property owners can
use their land. For example:
The 'character areas' this plan creates. These will
replace the current special amenity areas, as well as including
areas in St Albans, Riccarton and Ilam, Richmond, Avonside and St
Martins as well as areas already covered by special amenity areas.
These character areas will be subject to rules limiting how a
property can be renovated, extended or rebuilt.
This Plan proposes to create a 'Rural Urban Fringe
Zone' which will prohibit residential
development on a site smaller than 1 ha. If you own property
located within this area and hope to develop, you must submit on
Like the current Plan, certain areas have been zoned for
residential, commercial and industrial purposes. However, the
proposal makes changes to the zonings of some areas. The proposed
objectives and policies will make development in areas not zoned
for that activity much more difficult.
The second phase includes rules, objectives and policies on the
Specific residential areas (including Banks Peninsula);
Open space (such as parks and reserves);
Rural areas (including Banks Peninsula);
Hazardous substances and contaminated land; and
The remaining parts of the industrial and commercial chapters,
including New Brighton.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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