Christchurch Urban Development

A commitment has been made by the Christchurch City Council, in conjunction with Environment Canterbury, Transit New Zealand and the Waimakariri and Selwyn district councils, jointly to rationalize the future planning and development of Greater Christchurch in the context of a long-term Urban Development Strategy (UDS), approved in June 2007. The UDS anticipates the population of Greater Christchurch increasing from 414,000 in 2006 to 549,000 by 2041, requiring new housing for about 75,000 households.  Other socio-economic land uses will also be required, along with extensions to and improvements of infrastructure systems and community services.

The UDS also postulates a strategy of “centralization” that between 2006 – 2041 would result in an increase of about 14,000 households in the Central City, with a further 5000 households absorbed by infill projects, and some 34,200 households in greenfield areas and other suburbs  of the City.  The overall increase for the City per se would be in the order of 53,200 households.  Also, additional growth totaling about 21,700 households is envisaged for communities in the Selwyn and Waimakariri districts.  It may thus be expected that the scale of growth anticipated by the UDS will lead to increased external interactions with and pressures within the Central City.  (See schematic drawing attached of Civic Trusts submission)