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Commercial film or video production facilities in Christchurch – Section 71 Proposal

Open for public written comment

Full title: Proposal to exercise the power under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to provide for the development and operation of commercial film or video production facilities.

Send us your views on the Proposal by 5pm, Wednesday, 5 August 2020

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The Proposal applies to seven zones in Christchurch district and was prepared by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council.

The written comment stage

The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams (the Minister) received the Proposal and supporting information (see below) from Regenerate Christchurch on 18 June 2020.

On Tuesday, 7 July, the Minister announced that she had decided to notify the Proposal and invite people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

Supporting information

The Proposal refers to the following three reports:

The Proposal also refers to a concise statement of views of the strategic partners and the Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on an earlier draft of the proposal, which was prepared by Regenerate Christchurch.

How you can provide feedback on the Proposal

  • Fill in an online written comment form
  • The written comment form can be accessed here
  • Hard copy (freepost) written comment forms are available from Christchurch City Council service centres and libraries, and the main office of Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils from Wednesday, 8 July 2020 during normal business hours.
  • Or, you can send your comments by email to: info.gcg@dpmc.govt.nz
  • Or, by freepost to:
    Freepost Authority GCG
    Section 71 Proposal: Film studio facilities 
    Freepost GCG
    Greater Christchurch Group
    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    Private Bag 4999
    CHRISTCHURCH 8140

All written comments will be considered and will help the Minister decide whether to approve the Proposal.

Anyone can make a written comment, which must be received by 5pm, Wednesday, 5 August 2020.

Overview of the Proposal

(please refer to the Proposal and supporting information for more detail)

The Proposal identifies the film industry as an immediate regeneration opportunity and a potential growth area for Christchurch.

However, it considers that Christchurch is not currently in a position to respond to this opportunity because permanent commercial film or video production facilities are not specifically considered or provided for within the Christchurch District Plan. This is considered to be a barrier for development.

The proposed amendments are intended to provide a clearer, more certain, and more enabling regulatory environment, encouraging the establishment of such facilities.

The proposed changes include:

  • specific recognition for "commercial film or video production activities" in the Christchurch District Plan, and express provision in the Canterbury Regional Policy
    Statement for these activities to occur
  • making "commercial film or video production" a permitted activity in seven zones, considered appropriate for this kind of development, in Christchurch district (the zones being Commercial Mixed Use, Commercial Central City Mixed Use, Industrial General, Industrial Heavy, Industrial Park, Rural Urban Fringe, and Rural Templeton)
  • a number of standards and rules to ensure appropriate environmental outcomes.

(Refer to the Proposal for full details of the proposed changes)

Resource consents would still likely be required for aspects of commercial film or video production activities. However, the consent process overall would be more enabling, certain, timely and cost effective than provided for currently by the Christchurch District Plan.

The Proposal puts forward using section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to make the necessary amendments to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and Christchurch District Plan. Regenerate Christchurch considered using section 71 would be more effective and efficient than other planning processes to make these amendments.

This will be the last section 71 proposal to be considered by the Minister. The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Act was passed in late June, removing the Minister's section 71 powers. As the Minister received this Proposal on 18 June 2020, prior to the enactment of the Act, this process can continue as if the section 71 power had not been repealed.

The process

In developing the Proposal, Regenerate Christchurch asked the strategic partners (Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils), and the Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for their views on a draft of the Proposal, as part of the process required by the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016.

Regenerate Christchurch considered the feedback in finalising the Proposal, and then submitted it to the Minister for decision-making under section 67.

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal in the Gazette on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 and The Press on Wednesday, 8 July 2020, and invites people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

All written comments will be considered and will help the Minister decide whether to approve the Proposal.

Anyone can make a written comments, which must be received by 5pm, Wednesday, 5 August 2020.

What happens when the written comment period closes

The Minister has up to 30 working days from the close of the written comment period to decide whether to approve the Proposal i.e. up to 16 September 2020.

The Minister can only accept or decline the Proposal – she can't make changes to it.

Last updated: 
Friday, 24 July 2020

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