Christchurch City Council's Cranford Regeneration Plan was approved on 17 August 2017 by Hon Gerry Brownlee, acting on behalf of the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration under section 38 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 (GCR Act).
The plan was gazetted on 24 August 2017.
The Cranford Regeneration Plan (Regeneration Plan) takes effect from 31 August 2017. It is a statutory document that enables urban residential development in the Papanui and St Albans area in Christchurch.
The residential development would complement and be supported by the provision of community infrastructure such as cycle and pedestrian links to facilities such as schools, and access to public open spaces.
The Regeneration Plan was publicly notified in the Press on Saturday 26 August 2017.
The Cranford Regeneration Plan is the first plan to be approved under the GCR Act and is a milestone in the regeneration of greater Christchurch.
Brief overview of the process
- During the second half of 2016 Christchurch City Council (the Council) began investigating the appropriateness of rezoning rural zoned land at the edges of the Cranford Basin.
- The first stage of the process was developing an outline of the regeneration plan.
- On 23 December 2016 the Cranford Regeneration Plan Outline, was approved by then Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Gerry Brownlee and notified in the Gazette on 12 January 2017.
Gazette Notice: Greater Christchurch Regeneration—Cranford Regeneration Plan Outline
- In early 2017 the Council began developing the draft Regeneration Plan.
- The draft Regeneration Plan was open for public feedback from 30 March 2017 to 2 May 2017.
- The Council finalised the draft Regeneration Plan and on 1 August submitted the draft Regeneration Plan to Regenerate Christchurch for review, as required under GCR Act.
- The Regenerate Christchurch Board, on 15 August 2017, agreed to recommend to the Minister acting on behalf of the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration to approve the draft Plan.
- Hon Gerry Brownlee, on 17 August 2017, acting on behalf of the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration approved the Cranford Regeneration Plan.
The Minister’s decision paper outlines his decision and the reasons for making the decision to approve the Regeneration Plan.
Report on decisions made in approving the Cranford Regeneration Plan
What does the Regeneration Plan do?
The Regeneration Plan directs the Canterbury Regional Council and Christchurch City Council to make specific amendments to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and Christchurch District Plan respectively.
These amendments will enable residential development at the edges of Cranford Basin which will be integrated with the surrounding urban environment and infrastructure works (including the Cranford Basin stormwater management area).