Rebuild Milestone - Christchurch District Council Regains Planning Powers
Early Revocation of Order
The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods has announced that the Canterbury Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan) Order 2014 will be revoked on 18 March 2019. The Order would not have otherwise expired until June 2021.
Significance of Order Revocation
The Order provided a streamlined process for the review and replacement of Christchurch’s district plans in order to provide for efficiency in relation to the Christchurch rebuild, following 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. The Order also suspended usual Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) planning processes, including privately initiated or Council led changes to the district plan.
Once the Order is revoked, the Christchurch City Council will have its usual administrative and planning powers under the RMA restored. As a consequence, the Council, as well as private individuals, will be able to initiate changes to the Christchurch District Plan and the usual RMA plan-change processes will apply.
Revocation of the Order is viewed as significant for Christchurch in terms of the progress of the rebuild. It signals a move away from utilisation of special emergency planning processes, which were necessary following the earthquakes, to a return to normal planning processes for the Council in relation to the Christchurch District Plan.
Disclaimer: This is a brief summary for information purposes only and is not legal advice.
Posted on Wednesday 6th March, 2019 at 01:53 pm