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Residential Unit Overlay District Plan Changes

Proposal to exercise the power under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to amend the Christchurch District Plan to provide policy support for the Residential Unit Overlay and broaden the application of an existing rule, which permits replacement of existing houses (referred to as the Proposal).

Open for public written comment - send us your views on the Proposal by 5pm, Monday, 26 November 2018


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Overview of the Proposal

(Please refer to the Proposal for more detail.)

High Flood Hazard Management Area
Map 1 - High Flood Hazard Management Area
The Christchurch District Plan identifies and regulates the types of activities that can occur in the High Flood Hazard Management Area - an area affected by sea level rise and rain/river flooding (shown purple on the maps). This is to help manage the risk to people and property in a very large flood event.

The Residential Unit Overlay applies to part of the High Flood Hazard Management Area, where the risk of flooding is predominantly from sea level rise (not rain or river flooding).  The Residential Unit Overlay consists of parts of New Brighton, South New Brighton, Southshore and Redcliffs (shown orange on the maps).

Currently, there isn’t a specific policy in the District Plan to support the rules for the Residential Unit Overlay, creating confusion and uncertainty for people wanting to build or extend a house. This is particularly the case on vacant sites that had previously had a house, which was demolished following the earthquakes, now being required to seek resource consent for a new replacement house.

Residential Unit Overlay within the High Flood Hazard Management Area
Map 2 - Residential Unit Overlay within the High Flood Hazard Management Area
Christchurch City Council considers this has created a fairness and equity issue for residents seeking to rebuild on vacant sites that previously had a house.

The Proposal, prepared by Christchurch City Council, is about using section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to amend the Christchurch District Plan to:

  • provide clarity and support to the Residential Unit Overlay
  • insert a new rule, which would permit people with vacant sites (where houses have been demolished since the earthquakes) in the Residential Unit Overlay to rebuild houses of a similar size to the now demolished house without the requirement for a resource consent.

The Proposal also applies to a small number of other areas within the broader High Flood Hazard Management Area where the risk of flooding is also predominantly from sea level rise.

The amendments would provide greater clarity and certainty to the Residential Unit Overlay, particularly for people seeking to rebuild or extend their house, and contribute to the regeneration of New Brighton, South New Brighton, Southshore and Redcliffs.

Using section 71 would fast track the amendments.

The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Dr Megan Woods (the Minister) received the Proposal developed by Christchurch City Council together with supporting documents on 1 November 2018.

The written comment stage

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal in the Gazette on Friday 9 November 2018 and in the The Press on Saturday 10 November 2018, and invites people to give their views, in writing, on the Proposal.

All the written comments received will be taken into account by the Minister in deciding whether to approve the Proposal.

Anyone can make a written comment, which must be received by 5pm, Monday, 26 November 2018.

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 Monday, 12 November 2018 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: Residential Unit Overlay
    Freepost GCG
    Greater Christchurch Group
    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    Private Bag 4999
    CHRISTCHURCH 8140

Anyone can make a written comment, which must be received by 5pm, Monday, 26 November 2018.

Background to the Proposal

For more information about the background to the Proposal see Christchurch City Council’s website:
https://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/plans-strategies-policies-and-bylaws/plans/christchurch-district-plan/view-the-chapters-and-planning-maps/residential-unit-overlay-proposal/

The process

In developing the Proposal, Christchurch City Council (the Council) asked the strategic partners (Environment Canterbury, Ngāi Tahu, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils), Regenerate Christchurch and 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 considered the feedback (see the concise summary document) in finalising the Proposal.  The Council considers that the proposed amendments will provide greater clarity and certainty to the Residential Unit Overlay, particularly for people seeking to rebuild or extend their house, and contribute to the regeneration of New Brighton, South New Brighton, Southshore and Redcliffs.

The Council considered a number of alternatives to using the section 71 process and states in the Proposal that none were able to achieve a resolution to the issue with the same efficiency and certainty.

The finalised Proposal has been supported by Regenerate Christchurch

Read the Minister's Press Release: Feedback sought on amendments to the Christchurch District Plan

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal in the Gazette on Friday 9 November 2018 and in The Press on Saturday 10 November 2018, and invites people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

All the written comments received will be taken into account by the Minister in deciding whether to approve the Proposal.

Anyone can make a written comment, which must be received by 5pm, Monday, 26 November 2018.

Following the end of the written comment period, the Minister has 30 working days to make her decision. If approved, the changes to the Christchurch District Plan will occur within a matter of days.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 15 November 2018

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