Our Space 2018-2048

Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update - Whakahāngai O Te Hōrapa Nohoanga

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Project status: Open for feedback from Thursday 1 November to Friday 30 November 2018

Our Space 2018-2048 cover The Partnership is undertaking a review of the strategic land use planning framework for Greater Christchurch. A draft Our Space  2018-2048: Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update has been collaboratively prepared for consultation.

The draft document outlines land use and development proposals to ensure there is sufficient development capacity for housing and business growth across Greater Christchurch to 2048. It complements the existing Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS).

Our Space 2018-2048 has been prepared in order to satisfy the requirement to produce a future development strategy, outlined in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity.

Have your say

Or download and complete a submission form and return by:

    • Email: ourspace@greaterchristchurch.org.nz
    • Post: Our Space consultation, Greater Christchurch Partnership, PO Box 73012, Christchurch 8154
    • Hand deliver:  Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street 

What does Our Space 2018-2048 do?

Our Space 2018-48:

  • Identifies preferred locations for housing growth, encouraging central city and suburban centre living while providing for township growth in other centres, especially Rolleston, Rangiora and Kaiapoi.
  • Outlines the housing trends that are expected to influence demand, with more people renting and fewer people in each household, linked to affordability issues and an aging population.
  • Identifies the role planning can play in encouraging smaller, more affordable homes and in increasing the supply of attractive mid-priced townhouses and apartments in the central city, around key centres and along core transport corridors.
  • Commits councils to working with housing providers to increase the supply of social and affordable housing across Greater Christchurch.
  • Reinforces the role of key centres, especially the central city, in providing additional retail and office floor space, and the wider local services and facilities that people need near to where they live to encourage active (walking/cycling) and public transport.

Why is Our Space 2018-2048 needed?

Greater Christchurch is identified as a high growth urban area in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity. Councils in Greater Christchurch (Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council and Environment Canterbury) are required to produce a future development strategy that demonstrates that there will be sufficient, feasible development capacity over the medium and long term.

The Councils have chosen to work collaboratively, through the Greater Christchurch Partnership, to prepare Our Space 2018-2048, recognising the interconnectedness of urban areas and transport networks across Greater Christchurch.

Supporting information including Capacity Assessment

Information used in the development of Our Space 2018-2048:

A. Housing and Business Development Capacity Assessment 

Information about projected demand and current development capacity for housing and business to inform a Future Development Strategy for Greater Christchurch

Summary document

Technical reports

Additional appendix


B. Options assessment 

Background information to support the approach outlined in Our Space 2018-2048

(Please note that this assessment will continue to develop over time, and will be informed by the feedback and information provided through submissions).



C. Other supporting information

Other information to assist submissions in relation to Our Space 2018-2048

Additional residential feasibility assessment work commissioned by Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council 

(Please note these reports were not completed in time to be considered in the draft capacity assessment and Our Space 2018-2048)

Planning review 

Other background material 


D. Our Space 2018-2048 maps

National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity

The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC) directs local authorities to provide sufficient development capacity for housing and business growth to meet demand in the short (1-3 years), medium (3-10 years) and long term (10-30 years). The requirements of NPS-UDC policies variously relate to both territorial authorities and regional councils.

The NPS-UDC adopts a tiered structure that establishes additional requirements for local authorities with high-growth and medium-growth urban areas within their district or region.

The Christchurch urban area, as identified by Statistics New Zealand includes the towns of Prebbleton (Selwyn district) and Kaiapoi (Waimakariri district). The NPS-UDC specifies that the application of policies to ensure development capacity is not restricted to the boundaries of the identified urban area. The NPS-UDC also states that local authorities that share jurisdiction over an urban area are strongly encouraged to work together to implement the NPS-UDC.

Key deliverables required by the NPS-UDC are:

  • quarterly monitoring of a range of market indicators
  • a housing and business development capacity assessment
  • setting minimum targets for housing in regional policy statement and district plans
  • prepare a future development strategy to demonstrate sufficient, feasible development capacity in the medium and long term.

Talk to the team (drop-in sessions and how to contact us)

Public drop-in sessions

Public drop-in sessions have been organised across Greater Christchurch for:

  • Monday 12 November - Rangiora drop-in: Rangiora Town Hall, 5.00-7.00pm
  • Tuesday 13 November- Kaiapoi drop-in: Kaiapoi Service Centre, 5.00-7.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 November - Rolleston drop-in: Council Offices, 3.30-6.30pm
  • Thursday 22 November- Christchurch drop-in: Function Room, Civic Offices, 5.30-7.30pm

Further information

For any further information please contact Keith Tallentire (Partnership Manager) on (03) 941 8590 or email ourspace@greaterchristchurch.org.nz

Next steps

After consultation has closed we will:

  • collate and analyse all the submissions received
  • present the information to a hearings panel made up of governance representatives from the Partnership’s joint committee
  • arrange hearings so that submitters can speak to the panel in support of their submission. Hearings are scheduled to be held in late February 2019.
  • have a hearings panel report its recommendations for the finalised plan to the Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee for approval
  • inform submitters of the decision and any changes to the plan