Our Space 2018-2048

Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update - Whakahāngai O Te Hōrapa Nohoanga

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Project status: Analysis and reporting. The period for lodging submissions has now closed.

Our Space 2018-2048 cover The Partnership is undertaking a review of the strategic land use planning framework for Greater Christchurch. The draft Our Space 2018-2048: Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update was collaboratively prepared for consultation which ran from Thursday 1 November to Friday 30 November 2018. 

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) and 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.

We are now collating and analysing all the submissions received and the Hearings are scheduled for late February 2019. 

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

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


In total 92 submissions have been received. All submissions can be viewed here


Hearings will take place in February/March 2019 and will comprise:

  • a hearings week (25 February to 1 March as required)
  • a deliberations week (11 March to 15 March as required)

Hearings Panel note

A Hearings Panel note to submitters with information and direction on the forthcoming hearings can be accessed here [PDF, 422 KB]

Dates and venues

Hearing dates and venues are currently scheduled for: 

  • Monday 25 February: Council Chamber, Environment Canterbury offices, 200 Tuam Street, Christchurch
  • Tuesday 26 February: Committee room 1, Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch
  • Wednesday 27 February: Council Chamber, Waimakariri District Council offices, 215 High St, Rangiora
  • Thursday 28 February: Council Chamber, Selwyn District Council offices, 2 Norman Kirk Drive Rolleston

Any changes will be communicated to submitters wishing to be heard and publicised here.


Next steps

Our next steps are: 

  • 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