We have strong foundation of urban planning
We have had a coordinated approach to urban planning in Greater Christchurch since 2007. The Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy(external link) (UDS) in 2007 set a clear strategic direction towards consolidating growth within our urban existing area. Since then, we have seen more of our growth accommodated through growing ‘out’ – expanding our urban areas rather than growing ‘up’ and ‘in’ (intensification and redevelopment within our urban area).
We need to take a fresh look at how our urban area has developed and grown in recent years and decide how we manage both the challenges in front of us, as well as the opportunities. Our challenge continues to be how to provide for more people in a way which is sustainable, efficient and protects our productive land while providing people with choice.