Different types of plans have been used to address the needs and requirements of greater Christchurch at different phases following the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. The current regeneration phase comes after the recovery phase, which was a period of about five years after the earthquakes.
Regeneration plans are intended to support:
- a focused and expedited regeneration process
- the ongoing planning and regeneration of greater Christchurch
- community input on regeneration proposals
- local leadership
- the Crown to efficiently and effectively manage, hold, and dispose of land acquired by the Crown because of the earthquakes.
Regeneration includes rebuilding, urban renewal and development, and restoration and enhancement.
Regeneration plans can be proposed and developed by any of the following:
- a strategic partner: Environment Canterbury (Canterbury Regional Council), Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
- Regenerate Christchurch
- the Chief Executive of DPMC.
Regeneration plans are approved by the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration through the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016.
The following regeneration plans have been proposed or are being developed:
Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan
The first regeneration plan to be developed by Regenerate Christchurch is for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor and began with the release of a draft Outline for the plan in December 2016.
Regenerate Christchurch was established in April 2016 to lead regeneration planning and engagement in Christchurch.
Cranford Regeneration Plan
Christchurch City Council has prepared a draft regeneration plan covering about 125 hectares of rural zoned land at the edges of the Cranford Basin. The Council has looked at the appropriateness of rezoning the land, which is mostly located on the western side of the upper end of Cranford Street, through to Grassmere Street, close to Northlands Shopping Centre, for residential development.
On 23 December 2016 the Cranford Regeneration Plan Outline was approved by the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Gerry Brownlee and notified in the Gazette on 12 January 2017.
The draft Recovery Plan was open for public feedback from 30 March 2017 to 2 May 2017.
Recovery plans were developed to assist the planning in specific areas of greater Christchurch affected by the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. They helped to provide certainty for residents, communities, and businesses.
Recovery plans were approved under section 21(2) of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011. The following recovery plans continue to have legal effect under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016.