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Lyttelton Commercial Zone Parking – section 71 Proposal

Removal of on-site parking requirements for the Lyttelton Commercial Banks Peninsula Zone: Proposal to exercise the power under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to amend the Christchurch District Plan

The written comment period has closed.

The opportunity to make a written comment on the Proposal closed at 5pm, Thursday, 14 November 2019.

The written comments received will be considered and will help Hon Poto Williams, the Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration (the Minister) decide whether to approve the Proposal.

Under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act, the Minister has up to 30 working days after the close of the written comment period to make her decision.

The means, because of the Christmas/New Year break, the Minister is required to make her decision by 20 January 2020.

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Overview of the Proposal

The Proposal, prepared by Christchurch City Council (the Council), puts forward using section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to remove the minimum number of on-site (off-street) car parking spaces required by new developments in the Lyttelton Commercial Zone from the Christchurch District Plan.

The Council considers using section 71 would be more efficient than making the amendment using other planning processes such as those in the Resource Management Act 1991.

The Minister received the Proposal from the Council together with supporting documents.

The written comment period

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal in the Gazette on Tuesday 15 October 2019 and The Press on Wednesday 16 October 2019, and invited people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

Anyone could make a written comment, which had to be received by 5pm, Thursday 14 November 2019.

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

About the Proposal

(please refer to the Proposal for more detail)

Lyttelton was badly affected by the Canterbury Earthquakes. There were few, if any, vacant sites in the Lyttelton town centre prior to the February 2011 Earthquake. However, about 23 percent of that land (around 8,768m2) is now vacant and yet to be redeveloped.

Currently, the Christchurch District Plan rule requires on-site parking is provided in the Lyttelton Commercial Zone. However, it doesn’t take into account Lyttelton’s unusual geography, and the size and dimension of sites.

Consequently, prospective developers in Lyttelton are generally unable to meet these on-site requirements.

Lyttelton Commercial Banks Peninsula Zone areas proposed to ve affected by this proposal

The proposed amendment would remove the requirement for on-site parking for sites located within the Lyttelton Commercial Zone. This is the area generally bounded by or adjacent to London Street, Norwich Quay, Oxford Street and Canterbury Street shown pink on the map.

The proposed amendment does not affect other urban design requirements relating to Lyttelton, which are still likely to require developers to apply for resource consent. 

Also, it is not intended to prevent developers from providing on-site parking.

Residential developments

On-site parking would not be required for the first two residential units on the same site but would be required for the third and subsequent units.

Background to the process

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

The Council has also asked for feedback from the NZ Transport Agency due to the Lyttelton Commercial Zone adjoining Norwich Quay, which is a State Highway.

The Council considered the feedback (see the concise statement of views included with the Proposal) and addressed issues raised in finalising the Proposal, which has been supported by Regenerate Christchurch.

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal in the Gazette on Tuesday 15 October 2019 and The Press on Wednesday 16 October 2019, and invited people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

Anyone could make a written comment, which had to be received by 5pm, Thursday 14 November 2019.

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

Last updated: 
Thursday, 14 November 2019

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