Capacity Assessment

Greater Christchurch Housing and Business Development Capacity Assessment

The Greater Christchurch Partnership has prepared a draft Housing and Business Development Capacity Assessment (‘capacity assessment’) as part of a review of the settlement pattern for Greater Christchurch.

The capacity assessment provides information about current housing and business trends to inform future planning responses across Greater Christchurch. Such an assessment is a requirement of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS-UDC) and provides an important evidence base that informs the draft settlement pattern update (termed a future development strategy in the NPS-UDC).

The overall conclusion from the assessment is that at a Greater Christchurch level there is enough zoned land in the short and possibly the medium term to meet projected demand, but there may be some emerging shortages in the Selwyn and Waimakariri districts. These potential shortages will need to be considered through this review process, the District Plan reviews underway in Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts and potentially changes to other planning documents, such as the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement.