Updates : 2013

The Future of Greater Christchurch

The Land Use Recovery Plan (‘the LURP’) is the most significant planning document for urban development in Canterbury. It shapes the future urban development of Greater Christchurch and will result in significant changes to the built environment of our communities. The LURP has been...

Land Use Recovery Plan Approved

The highly anticipated Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP) has been approved by Gerry Brownlee, the Minister for Earthquake Recovery and took effect from 6 December 2013. It shapes the future urban development of Greater Christchurch and will lead to significant changes on the built environment of our...

Local Government Reform

Earlier this month the Government introduced a bill into Parliament proposing a range of changes to the Local Government Act 2002. This follows on from the reforms introduced in late 2012 and is part of the Government’s broader reform programme for "better local government". The Bill...

Hurunui District Plan Review

The Hurunui District Council is reviewing its District Plan, which it is required to do every ten years. Currently the Council is in the process of conducting workshops and engaging with landowners and interested parties to gain feedback and community opinions on this review. In this article we...

Resource Management Amendment Act 2013

On 3 September, the Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 was passed into law. This is the first of two Amendment Acts that the Government intends to introduce this year. The Amendment Act implements a range of changes that were proposed in a Bill released in late 2012 and that was open for...

City Plan Review update

As discussed in our earlier article, the Christchurch City Council is currently undertaking a full review of the existing Christchurch City Plan. This process is now moving up a gear as the Council works towards achievement of the ambitious timeframes that have been set. This article provides a...

RMA Proposed Changes - For the Better?

Following consultation on the Government Discussion Document in March 2013, Minister Amy Adams has recently released the Summary of Reform Proposals to the Resource Management Act (RMA), which will be implemented by a new Amendment Bill later this year. This article follows on from our earlier...

Land Use Recovery Plan Update

The draft Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP) has now been publicly notified and submissions close on 2 August 2013. This is a very important document for Greater Christchurch. Its purpose is to aid the recovery and rebuild of Greater Christchurch. It sits above and directs changes to the planning...

Christchurch City Plan Review

In post-earthquake Canterbury, the multitude of different planning documents that now exist can be overwhelming. In this period of unprecedented change, the need to rewrite the rule book has resulted in several new recovery plans and strategies that sit alongside the usual district and regional...

Deferment of the NES for Plantation Forestry

Since our recent update regarding the Government’s decision to defer the NES for Plantation Forestry (the NES) we have read the NES Cabinet Paper (the Paper) and the Cabinet decision. In this article we respond to the reasons given in the Paper for deferring the NES and comment on proposals for...