Under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 (GCR Act), the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration (the Minister) previously had the power to approve proposals to make changes to planning documents, such as Resource Management Act documents.
The section 71 power is no longer available, as it was repealed under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Act 2020. While the power was available, between 2016 and 2020, six different proposals were presented to the responsible Ministers for decision-making.
Only strategic partners (Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Selwyn District and Waimakariri District Councils), Regenerate Christchurch or the chief executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) could be a proponent (lead the development) of a proposal to use section 71. Ministers could not be a proponent.
The GCR Act required engagement with the other parties who were not the proponent (strategic partners, Regenerate Christchurch or the chief executive of DPMC), and required public comments to be received on any proposal.
Completed Section 71 proposals
- Commercial film or video production facilities in Christchurch
- Hagley Oval
- Lyttelton Commercial Zone Parking
- Yaldhurst Recreation and Sports Facility
- Residential Unit Overlay District Plan Changes
- Redcliffs School relocation