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Our Vision

By the year 2041 we will have a vibrant inner city and suburban centres surrounded by thriving rural communities and towns, connected by efficient and sustainable infrastructure.

There will be a wealth of public spaces ranging from bustling inner city streets to expansive open spaces and parks, which embrace natural systems, landscapes and heritage. 

Innovative businesses will be welcomed and can thrive, supported by a wide range of attractive facilities and opportunities. 

Prosperous communities will enjoy a variety of lifestyles in good health and safety, enriched by the diversity of cultures and the beautiful environment of Greater Christchurch.

Urban Development Strategy

Urban Development Strategy

The Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS) is a forward-looking document preparing our region for the future. Coordinated planning of our urban areas provides long-term benefits for the people and communities who live there. Our quality of life, social amenity, health and wellbeing are strongly influenced by the quality of the environments where we live, work, learn and play.

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Resilient Greater Christchurch

The Resilient Greater Christchurch Plan forms part of the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy and enables us as city and district leaders to work together to enable and empower our communities to face the future with confidence.

The Partnership

The Greater Christchurch Partnership comprises the councils in the Greater Christchurch area (Christchurch City, Environment Canterbury, Selwyn, Waimakariri), Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) and participation from NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), the Greater Christchurch Group from within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and Regenerate Christchurch.

Settlement Pattern Review

The Partnership has recently commenced a review of the long-term settlement planning approach outlined in the UDS and included within key resource management documents such as the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and district plans. This Settlement Pattern Review will meet the requirements of the new National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity.


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