Regeneration planning

The Ōtākaro Avon River corridor and central city are our initial focus.

The formal regeneration planning process for the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor is underway.

Important milestones include:

- The Outline for the Ōtākaro/Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan (PDF 1.5MB), published in March 2017 is the first mandatory step in the statutory regeneration planning process. It sets out the process for developing the draft Regeneration Plan.

- A vision and objectives in July 2017.

Map of the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor

This is the area covered by the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor.

(you can download a PDF from the document library on the right of this page)

The work of Regenerate Christchurch covers the entire Christchurch residential red zone and other areas needing regeneration. The Ōtākaro Avon River corridor is just one focus of our planning and engagement with communities.

Cathedral Square and surrounds

Revitalising Cathedral Square and the surrounding area is crucial to Christchurch’s overall regeneration. Cities are often defined by the quality of their centre and at the moment our centre needs some attention. While there has been plenty of progress across the central city as a whole, the area around Cathedral Square and the surrounding areas (broadly, the area between Hereford, Cambridge, Kilmore and Manchester Streets) haven’t seen the same level of activity or private investment.

We all acknowledge we can’t do it alone – it’s going to take collective agreement on a vision and some actions, including investment and redevelopment, to kick-start redevelopment. Regenerate Christchurch is working with its statutory partners – Christchurch City Council, the Crown and Ngāi Tahu – and a range of stakeholders to develop a regeneration strategy and action plan for Cathedral Square and the surrounding area by the end of October 2017.

In July 2017, Regenerate Christchurch proposed five key moves to help stimulate investment and create a centre that showcases the very best of our city for public feedback.

See what was proposed in the draft concept for Cathedral Square and the surrounding areas

New Brighton

We are providing advice to Development Christchurch Limited on the regeneration projects they are leading. We will be assessing what further interventions will be needed for the wider New Brighton area.

We are exploring opportunities to connect the city to the sea along the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor and to revitalise surrounding communities.

Southshore and South Brighton

The Southshore and South New Brighton Regeneration Strategy is a collaboration between Christchurch City Council and Regenerate Christchurch.

The regeneration strategy will focus on short, medium and long term responses to adapt to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, alongside the social and economic needs of the community.

We will engage with local communities to address overlapping issues and opportunities. This may range from looking at the future of the residential red zone in Southshore through to partnering with the community to plan how we adapt to new challenges.

Cranford

The first Regeneration Plan for Christchurch was approved by the Minister in August 2017. It will see land on Cranford Street near Papanui and St Albans rezoned to develop 370 houses.

This is the first Regeneration Plan prepared using the fast track process set out in the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act. The plan was prepared by Christchurch City Council and submitted to Regenerate Christchurch and will providing certainty about the long-term use of the Cranford area and the contribution it will make to greater Christchurch’s regeneration.

We think the draft Plan will support greater Christchurch’s regeneration by converting inefficiently used, isolated land to uses that can be integrated with planned storm water and transport projects and will make a positive contribution to the local and wider community’s environmental and social wellbeing. It also allows for housing near parks, shopping, schools and transport routes.

Minister signs off Cranford Regeneration Plan

The Port Hills

The release of technical information for the residential red zone in September 2016 did not include the Port Hills. At this stage, Regenerate Christchurch's initial priorities are the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor and Cathedral Square and surrounds. Technical information for the Port Hills will be collated and released at a later date. Some useful information about land in the Port Hills is currently available:

Brooklands

We will continue to work with the Brooklands communities to better understand their priorities and determine an approach for regeneration planning in this area. We recognise this areas has unique circumstances and are likely to need a different approach to that for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor. We need to gain a better understanding of the characteristics of the Brooklands including further information about coastal influences.

We will continue to be open, visible and respectful with this community as we progress regeneration planning in this area in future.


The Ōtākaro Avon River corridor and central city are our initial focus.

The formal regeneration planning process for the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor is underway.

Important milestones include:

- The Outline for the Ōtākaro/Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan (PDF 1.5MB), published in March 2017 is the first mandatory step in the statutory regeneration planning process. It sets out the process for developing the draft Regeneration Plan.

- A vision and objectives in July 2017.

Map of the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor

This is the area covered by the Outline for the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor.

(you can download a PDF from the document library on the right of this page)

The work of Regenerate Christchurch covers the entire Christchurch residential red zone and other areas needing regeneration. The Ōtākaro Avon River corridor is just one focus of our planning and engagement with communities.

Cathedral Square and surrounds

Revitalising Cathedral Square and the surrounding area is crucial to Christchurch’s overall regeneration. Cities are often defined by the quality of their centre and at the moment our centre needs some attention. While there has been plenty of progress across the central city as a whole, the area around Cathedral Square and the surrounding areas (broadly, the area between Hereford, Cambridge, Kilmore and Manchester Streets) haven’t seen the same level of activity or private investment.

We all acknowledge we can’t do it alone – it’s going to take collective agreement on a vision and some actions, including investment and redevelopment, to kick-start redevelopment. Regenerate Christchurch is working with its statutory partners – Christchurch City Council, the Crown and Ngāi Tahu – and a range of stakeholders to develop a regeneration strategy and action plan for Cathedral Square and the surrounding area by the end of October 2017.

In July 2017, Regenerate Christchurch proposed five key moves to help stimulate investment and create a centre that showcases the very best of our city for public feedback.

See what was proposed in the draft concept for Cathedral Square and the surrounding areas

New Brighton

We are providing advice to Development Christchurch Limited on the regeneration projects they are leading. We will be assessing what further interventions will be needed for the wider New Brighton area.

We are exploring opportunities to connect the city to the sea along the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor and to revitalise surrounding communities.

Southshore and South Brighton

The Southshore and South New Brighton Regeneration Strategy is a collaboration between Christchurch City Council and Regenerate Christchurch.

The regeneration strategy will focus on short, medium and long term responses to adapt to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, alongside the social and economic needs of the community.

We will engage with local communities to address overlapping issues and opportunities. This may range from looking at the future of the residential red zone in Southshore through to partnering with the community to plan how we adapt to new challenges.

Cranford

The first Regeneration Plan for Christchurch was approved by the Minister in August 2017. It will see land on Cranford Street near Papanui and St Albans rezoned to develop 370 houses.

This is the first Regeneration Plan prepared using the fast track process set out in the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act. The plan was prepared by Christchurch City Council and submitted to Regenerate Christchurch and will providing certainty about the long-term use of the Cranford area and the contribution it will make to greater Christchurch’s regeneration.

We think the draft Plan will support greater Christchurch’s regeneration by converting inefficiently used, isolated land to uses that can be integrated with planned storm water and transport projects and will make a positive contribution to the local and wider community’s environmental and social wellbeing. It also allows for housing near parks, shopping, schools and transport routes.

Minister signs off Cranford Regeneration Plan

The Port Hills

The release of technical information for the residential red zone in September 2016 did not include the Port Hills. At this stage, Regenerate Christchurch's initial priorities are the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor and Cathedral Square and surrounds. Technical information for the Port Hills will be collated and released at a later date. Some useful information about land in the Port Hills is currently available:

Brooklands

We will continue to work with the Brooklands communities to better understand their priorities and determine an approach for regeneration planning in this area. We recognise this areas has unique circumstances and are likely to need a different approach to that for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor. We need to gain a better understanding of the characteristics of the Brooklands including further information about coastal influences.

We will continue to be open, visible and respectful with this community as we progress regeneration planning in this area in future.