Our Space 2018-2048 - Urban Development Strategy Update for Greater Christchurch - Public Consultation November 2018


The Greater Christchurch Partnership has released a draft settlement pattern update to the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy for public consultation.

The draft Our Space 2018-2048: Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update has been prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity, pursuant to which Greater Christchurch is identified as a high growth urban area.  In particular, a future development strategy is required to demonstrate that sufficient, feasible development capacity is available to support future housing and business growth. This includes over the medium (next 10 years) and long term (10 to 30 years) periods.

Planning Directions & Priorities

The draft Our Space 2018-2048 focuses on key planning directions and responses which address land use and infrastructure issues informed by the existing Capacity Assessment, relevant Long Term Plans and infrastructure strategies.

Our Space 2018-2048:

  • sets out how targets for housing in the next 30 years will be met, accommodating an additional 150,000 people;
  • identifies preferred locations for housing growth, encouraging Central City and suburban centre living, while providing for township growth in Rolleston, Rangiora and Kaiapoi (includes new greenfield areas);
  • reinforces the role of key centres in providing additional retail and office floor space as required, in particular in the Central City, and if needed, a transition of its surrounding light industrial zones; and
  • recognises the existing industrial land provision as sufficient to cater for industrial growth for some time.

Priorities include addressing projected shortfalls of housing development capacity in Selwyn and Waimakariri and commercial development capacity across Greater Christchurch and unlocking redevelopment opportunities especially in the Central City, key activity centres, district town centres and along core transport corridors.


The planning directions and responses in Our Space 2018-2048 will flow through into (and be implemented via) resource management documents, including the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and district plans. District plan reviews for Selwyn and Waimakariri will be informed by the planning directions and responses identified in Our Space 2018-2048, while changes to the Regional Policy Statement will be required for urban development in identified locations.


The draft Our Space: 2018-2048 is open for written feedback (submissions) from 1 November to 30 November 2018.  Following the close of the submissions period, there will be an opportunity for submitters to appear before a Hearings Panel.  

The draft Our Space 2018-2048 and supporting information is available for review through this link.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss the draft Our Space 2018-2048 and/or make a submission.


Disclaimer: This is a brief summary for information purposes only and is not legal advice


Posted on Monday 5th November, 2018 at 12:03 pm