Christchurch Plan change signals move towards more intensive housing
More intense housing development will be allowed in most residential parts of Christchurch under the Draft Housing and Business Choice Plan Change, now out for consultation.
The draft plan change is being driven by the need to comply with new Government direction that prioritises the need for more housing to accommodate our growing population.
“The Government’s National Policy Statement – Urban Development and the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply) Amendment Act set clear direction on how towns and cities should develop and requires us to amend parts of our District Plan,’’ explains Christchurch City Council General Manager Infrastructure, Planning and Regulatory Services, Jane Davis.
“Under the Act, in most urban residential zones of the city we have to enable medium density housing. That means people will be allowed to build up to three houses per section, and up to 12 metres (usually three storeys) high, without a resource consent.