We are developing the spatial plan to give effect to relevant national policy direction. Policies include:
- the Urban Growth Agenda;
- the government policy statements on housing and urban development, and land transport;
- the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020;
- the emerging Emissions Reduction Plan for Aotearoa New Zealand.
It will also recognise the emerging directions of the resource management system reforms, especially from the proposed Strategic Planning Act which, to date, has indicated the requirement to develop long-term regional spatial strategies..
The spatial plan will build on the extensive work already undertaken to consider the future of Greater Christchurch. This includes the Greater Christchurch Partnership’s recent work to develop
- Our Space 2018-2048 (a future development strategy under the superseded National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016)
- Greater Christchurch 2050 – a new strategic framework and vision for Greater Christchurch, which has intergenerational wellbeing at its core and is reflective of community aspirations for the future of the urban area.
The spatial plan will contribute to the vision and outcomes being developed for Greater Christchurch through Greater Christchurch 2050. It will address the priorities identified for the Greater Christchurch Urban Growth Partnership. These outcomes and priorities will strongly guide the development of the spatial plan.
The spatial plan will draw on the comprehensive planning work undertaken by partners, in their district plans and growth strategies. It will provide a shared view of Greater Christchurch’s future for councils to undertake more detailed planning at a local level. It will also provide useful work and context ahead of a review of the Regional Policy Statement.
We are developing the spatial plan in accordance with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and in acknowledgement of Ngāi Tahu rangatiratanga in their respective takiwā. It will provide for the protection of wāhi tapu and opportunities for the restoration of some wāhi taonga.
How the spatial plan fits within the wider planning and policy context for Greater Christchurch