District Plan

Background information

Christchurch City Council is reviewing its existing Christchurch City Plan and Banks Peninsula District Plan. These plans provide a framework for the management of land use and subdivision within the confines of the city and the peninsula.

The Government prepared and gazetted the Christchurch Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan, CRDP) Order 2014 (the Order) which modified the Resource Management Act 1991 to speed up the review process. The end result will be a single district plan that helps the recovery and development of the Christchurch district.

The proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan (pCRDP) has been split into a number of stages and the proposals publicly notified to allow people to make submissions. An Independent Hearing Panel was appointed to hear the submissions and issue decisions on the pCRDP. The Panel’s decisions on the proposals are being released as they are being made, subject to an appeal period (on points of law to the High Court only) and then notified as operative ie being used or in force. Under the Order, the Panel is required to release all decisions on the pCRDP by 16 December 2016.

For some activities, where the pCRDP is not yet fully operative, the existing provisions of the Christchurch City Plan and Banks Peninsula District Plan will also need to be considered.

Read more on the Council's website about the various plans. If you have questions about the district plan review process, please contact Christchurch City Council's duty planner on 03 941 8999.


Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone

Under the existing Christchurch City Plan, the flat land areas identified by the Crown as residential red zone (land along the Avon River (Avon Loop through Burwood and Avondale to New Brighton and Bexley), Brooklands, and Southshore) comprised a mix of land use zone types including residential, commercial, conservation, open space, cultural and rural. Through the pCRDP process, the previous land use zones have been replaced by the Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone. The exception is the small portion of residential red zone land in the central city that has been rezoned Central City Residential to achieve consistency with the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. The provisions and maps for the Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone have been included in the new Christchurch District Plan, so they are operative.

The Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone is intended to be an interim zone which protects the flat land residential red zone from development and activity that may compromise or impede options for long term recovery and future opportunities. The zoning safeguards the existing rights of privately owned properties, while enabling temporary and land management activities. New subdivision, intensification and development activities are discouraged. There are also several specific rules for Brooklands which grant similar rights to the previous Living Rural Settlement zoning for that area.

The new Christchurch District Plan acknowledges that land within the Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone is to be the subject of a separate process to determine the future use. Regenerate Christchurch will undertake this process as one of its roles is to develop plans and strategies for the residential red zone.

Chapter 21 Specific Purpose Zones – Chapter 21.11 Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone and Planning Maps [on the Council's website]


Natural Hazards - Planning Maps

Chapter 5 of the CRDP contains provisions (objectives, policies and rules) relating to natural hazards including flooding, liquefaction, ponding and slope instability. The planning maps show the location and extent of the areas affected by these hazards as a series of overlays.

Provisions relating to the types of natural hazards that affect parts of the flat land residential red zone have been reviewed as part of Stages 1 and 3 of the CRDP. The status of these provisions is detailed below:

Stage

Topic

Link to latest maps/provisions

Status

1
Flood Management Areas - maps only
Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps
Operative
Fixed Minimum Floor Level Overlay within Flood Management Areas - maps only
Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps
Liquefaction Management Areas - maps and provisions (Objectives, Policies and Rules)
Refer Liquefaction Hazard Rules 5.4: Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps
Flood Ponding – Maps only
Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps

Waimakariri River Stopbank Setback – maps only
Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps
3
High Flood Hazard Management Areas - provisions
Refer to Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing - Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.6 [PDF 1.64MB] – see page 32
Decision pending – not yet operative
Flood Ponding Management Areas - provisions
Refer to Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing - Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.6 [PDF 1.64MB] – see page 29
Waimakariri River Stopbank Setback - provisions
Refer to Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing - Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.6 [PDF 1.64MB] – see page 21

Flood Management Areas and Fixed Minimum Floor Level Overlay within Flood Management Areas - provisions
Refer to Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing - Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.6 [PDF 1.64MB] – see page 11


The latest planning maps for the Stage 3 provisions are in Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing – Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.1.


Flooding and liquefaction hazards

The purpose of the CRDP provisions is to continue to allow development where the risk posed by the hazard can be managed or reduced:

Flood Management Areas are areas identified as being subject to inundation in a major flooding event. Within these area, where the required building floors levels are certain and already established by the Council, they are identified on the planning maps as being within the Fixed Minimum Floor Level Overlay. Where they are not accurately modelled and further modelling is required, the Council will, on request, review its current information and issue a Minimum Floor Level Certificate that certifies the necessary floor level for that site based on available information.

Liquefaction Management Areas identify where damaging liquefaction is more likely to occur based on a district-wide assessment.

The purpose of the Waimakariri River Stopbank Setback provisions and overlay is to avoid activities that undermine the integrity of the stopbank system.


High Flood Hazard and Flood Ponding Management Areas

High flood hazard areas are those areas subject to flooding where the depth and velocity of water during a major flooding event meets the 'High Hazard areas' definition in Chapter 11 of the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement which can be found on the ECAN website.

Flood Ponding Management Areas are significant natural ponding areas that help with flood storage capacity, ie. can hold a lot of water/rain, and management in flood events.


Coastal Hazards

Provisions for the management of coastal hazards (coastal erosion and coastal inundation) were included in proposals for the pCRDP and publicly notified on 25 July 2015. A Government Order in Council directed the removal of the provisions from the district plan review process which will now be considered separately as part of a normal Resource Management Act process.

Christchurch City Council coastal hazards information


Central City Recovery Plan

View the Central City Recovery Plan [A4 PDF 12.2MB].

Find out more about the development of Anchor Projects and Precincts in Christchurch on Ōtākaro Limited's website.


Iwi Management Plan

Learn more about the Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan.

Background information

Christchurch City Council is reviewing its existing Christchurch City Plan and Banks Peninsula District Plan. These plans provide a framework for the management of land use and subdivision within the confines of the city and the peninsula.

The Government prepared and gazetted the Christchurch Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan, CRDP) Order 2014 (the Order) which modified the Resource Management Act 1991 to speed up the review process. The end result will be a single district plan that helps the recovery and development of the Christchurch district.

The proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan (pCRDP) has been split into a number of stages and the proposals publicly notified to allow people to make submissions. An Independent Hearing Panel was appointed to hear the submissions and issue decisions on the pCRDP. The Panel’s decisions on the proposals are being released as they are being made, subject to an appeal period (on points of law to the High Court only) and then notified as operative ie being used or in force. Under the Order, the Panel is required to release all decisions on the pCRDP by 16 December 2016.

For some activities, where the pCRDP is not yet fully operative, the existing provisions of the Christchurch City Plan and Banks Peninsula District Plan will also need to be considered.

Read more on the Council's website about the various plans. If you have questions about the district plan review process, please contact Christchurch City Council's duty planner on 03 941 8999.


Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone

Under the existing Christchurch City Plan, the flat land areas identified by the Crown as residential red zone (land along the Avon River (Avon Loop through Burwood and Avondale to New Brighton and Bexley), Brooklands, and Southshore) comprised a mix of land use zone types including residential, commercial, conservation, open space, cultural and rural. Through the pCRDP process, the previous land use zones have been replaced by the Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone. The exception is the small portion of residential red zone land in the central city that has been rezoned Central City Residential to achieve consistency with the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. The provisions and maps for the Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone have been included in the new Christchurch District Plan, so they are operative.

The Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone is intended to be an interim zone which protects the flat land residential red zone from development and activity that may compromise or impede options for long term recovery and future opportunities. The zoning safeguards the existing rights of privately owned properties, while enabling temporary and land management activities. New subdivision, intensification and development activities are discouraged. There are also several specific rules for Brooklands which grant similar rights to the previous Living Rural Settlement zoning for that area.

The new Christchurch District Plan acknowledges that land within the Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone is to be the subject of a separate process to determine the future use. Regenerate Christchurch will undertake this process as one of its roles is to develop plans and strategies for the residential red zone.

Chapter 21 Specific Purpose Zones – Chapter 21.11 Specific Purpose (Flat Land Recovery) Zone and Planning Maps [on the Council's website]


Natural Hazards - Planning Maps

Chapter 5 of the CRDP contains provisions (objectives, policies and rules) relating to natural hazards including flooding, liquefaction, ponding and slope instability. The planning maps show the location and extent of the areas affected by these hazards as a series of overlays.

Provisions relating to the types of natural hazards that affect parts of the flat land residential red zone have been reviewed as part of Stages 1 and 3 of the CRDP. The status of these provisions is detailed below:

Stage

Topic

Link to latest maps/provisions

Status

1
Flood Management Areas - maps only
Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps
Operative
Fixed Minimum Floor Level Overlay within Flood Management Areas - maps only
Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps
Liquefaction Management Areas - maps and provisions (Objectives, Policies and Rules)
Refer Liquefaction Hazard Rules 5.4: Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps
Flood Ponding – Maps only
Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps

Waimakariri River Stopbank Setback – maps only
Refer to Christchurch City Council District Planning Maps
3
High Flood Hazard Management Areas - provisions
Refer to Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing - Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.6 [PDF 1.64MB] – see page 32
Decision pending – not yet operative
Flood Ponding Management Areas - provisions
Refer to Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing - Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.6 [PDF 1.64MB] – see page 29
Waimakariri River Stopbank Setback - provisions
Refer to Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing - Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.6 [PDF 1.64MB] – see page 21

Flood Management Areas and Fixed Minimum Floor Level Overlay within Flood Management Areas - provisions
Refer to Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing - Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.6 [PDF 1.64MB] – see page 11


The latest planning maps for the Stage 3 provisions are in Appendix A to the Council's closing legal submissions on the Stage 3 Natural Hazards hearing – Flood Hazard Rules 5.4.1.


Flooding and liquefaction hazards

The purpose of the CRDP provisions is to continue to allow development where the risk posed by the hazard can be managed or reduced:

Flood Management Areas are areas identified as being subject to inundation in a major flooding event. Within these area, where the required building floors levels are certain and already established by the Council, they are identified on the planning maps as being within the Fixed Minimum Floor Level Overlay. Where they are not accurately modelled and further modelling is required, the Council will, on request, review its current information and issue a Minimum Floor Level Certificate that certifies the necessary floor level for that site based on available information.

Liquefaction Management Areas identify where damaging liquefaction is more likely to occur based on a district-wide assessment.

The purpose of the Waimakariri River Stopbank Setback provisions and overlay is to avoid activities that undermine the integrity of the stopbank system.


High Flood Hazard and Flood Ponding Management Areas

High flood hazard areas are those areas subject to flooding where the depth and velocity of water during a major flooding event meets the 'High Hazard areas' definition in Chapter 11 of the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement which can be found on the ECAN website.

Flood Ponding Management Areas are significant natural ponding areas that help with flood storage capacity, ie. can hold a lot of water/rain, and management in flood events.


Coastal Hazards

Provisions for the management of coastal hazards (coastal erosion and coastal inundation) were included in proposals for the pCRDP and publicly notified on 25 July 2015. A Government Order in Council directed the removal of the provisions from the district plan review process which will now be considered separately as part of a normal Resource Management Act process.

Christchurch City Council coastal hazards information


Central City Recovery Plan

View the Central City Recovery Plan [A4 PDF 12.2MB].

Find out more about the development of Anchor Projects and Precincts in Christchurch on Ōtākaro Limited's website.


Iwi Management Plan

Learn more about the Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan.