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Land Use Recovery Plan

The Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP) puts land use policies and rules in place to assist the rebuilding and recovery of communities (including housing and businesses) disrupted by the Canterbury earthquakes.

The Recovery Plan was approved by the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee and gazetted in December 2013 and has provided much needed planning certainty for greater Christchurch.

The Recovery Plan sets out a policy and planning framework for metropolitan greater Christchurch (except the central city area covered by the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (see below)) to:

  • rebuild existing communities
  • develop new communities
  • meet the land use needs of businesses
  • rebuild and develop the infrastructure needed to support these activities
  • take account of natural hazards and environmental constraints that may affect building and recovery.

The Recovery Plan identifies what needs to be done in the short and medium term to co-ordinate land use decision-making, who is responsible and sets timelines for carrying out actions.

It directs amendments to be made to Environment Canterbury’s Regional Policy Statement, the Christchurch City Plan, the Selwyn District Plan and the Waimakariri District Plan.

View a summary of what is in the Land Use Recovery Plan


View the full Land Use Recovery Plan

Land Use Recovery Plan – Volume 1

Land Use Recovery Plan – Volume 2: Appendices
Appendix 1: Amendments to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement [PDF 778KB]
Appendix 2: Amendments to the Christchurch City Plan [PDF 5.46MB]
Appendix 3: Amendments to the Waimakariri District Plan [PDF 5.6MB]
Appendix 4: Amendments to the Selwyn District Plan [PDF 8MB] 

Minor Amendments

Minor amendments to the Recovery Plan were made in May 2015 to help with interpretation of the Recovery Plan and remove uncertainty.

LURP Monitoring Report

The strategic partners (Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu) completed a Monitoring Report of the Recovery Plan in March 2015. This document includes a summary of progress of the 50 actions, and indicators to measure the extent to which the 15 Outcomes identified in the Recovery Plan were being achieved.

Review of the Land Use Recovery Plan

Environment Canterbury in collaboration with the strategic partners undertook a review on the effectiveness of the Recovery Plan.

Following the review, further minor amendments to the Recovery Plan were approved in 2016 including:

  • making Figure 4 of the Recovery Plan (Map A Greenfield Priority Areas) ‘indicative only’
  • removing Appendix 1 of Volume 2 of the Recovery Plan
  • updating the status of the 50 actions.

View the Decision Report and more information about the review.

Last updated: 
Friday, 9 July 2021

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