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Public Notice: Film studios Proposal – PROPOSAL APPROVED

Issue date: 
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Issue status: 
Current

Date published: 16 September 2020, The Press

Public notice:

COMMERCIAL FILM OR VIDEO PRODUCTION FACILITIES – SECTION 71 PROPOSAL –PROPOSAL APPROVED

Decision to provide for the development and operation of commercial film or video production facilities in the Christchurch district: Proposal to exercise the power under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to amend the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and the Christchurch District Plan.

The Proposal is to provide for the development and operation of commercial film or video production facilities in certain areas within Christchurch district.

Pursuant to section 69 and 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 (GCR Act), the Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration has approved the Proposal to exercise her power under section 71 of the GCR Act to amend the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and Christchurch District Plan. The amendments to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement include:

The amendments to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement include:

  • making express provision for commercial film or video production activities to occur in the Christchurch district both within and outside of the existing urban areas and greenfield priority areas identified in Map A in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement;
  • directing that commercial film or video production facilities are to be connected to reticulated water and wastewater systems (thus ensuring no unnecessary load on the District’s aquifers); and
  • classifying commercial film or video production activities as activities that are not “noise sensitive” within the meaning of that term in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement.

The amendments to the Christchurch District Plan include:

  • amending the existing definition of “commercial film or video production” to clarify that it excludes any residential activity component;
  • amending the existing definition of “sensitive activities” to specifically exclude commercial film or video production activities;
  • inserting specific recognition for “commercial film or video production” activities within strategic objective 3.3.7;
  • inserting a rule requiring new buildings and/or additions to existing buildings for sound stages, studios for filming and/or sound production for commercial film or video production to be insulated from aircraft noise where they are located with the 55 dB Ldn noise contour or the 55 dB Ldn engine testing contour shown on the planning maps;
  • inserting specific policies supporting the development of commercial film or video production activities within the commercial, industrial, and rural zones;
  • making “commercial film or video production” activities permitted in the following zones:
    • Commercial Mixed Use
    • Commercial Central City Mixed Use
    • Industrial General
    • Industrial Heavy
    • Industrial Park
    • Rural Urban Fringe
    • Rural Templeton
  • additional permitted activity standards, built form standards and matters of discretion in zones where these are required to ensure appropriate environmental outcomes.

The date on which the exercise of the power will take effect is the 13th day of October 2020.

The Gazette notice can be inspected at www.gazette.govt.nz. More information, including the full Proposal, can be viewed at www.dpmc.govt.nz/film-studio

Hon Poto Williams
Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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