Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the creation of the Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP) will go a long way towards easing housing pressures, with new options for development across greater Christchurch.
"The LURP provides certainty across the community, informing land owners, infrastructure providers and others by outlining new areas that can be developed for new housing and businesses," Mr Brownlee says.
"As many as 40,000 residential sections could be developed by 2028 within the greenfield priority areas under these revised rules.
"The aim is to use amended intensification rules to deliver 8,000 to 10,000 new dwellings in Christchurch City within the next 5 years.
"Getting more sections and houses to market sooner is the only thing that will ease Christchurch’s accommodation pressures.
"Putting this recovery plan in place enables the Regional Policy Statement, and the Christchurch City, Waimakariri District and Selwyn District plans to be amended to specifically allow for the greenfields development and localised intensification.
"It allows for some Christchurch residents to look at the option of subdividing the land they already own, provided their section is big enough, and this too will bring housing opportunities that would not otherwise have been possible."
The LURP was initially developed by Environment Canterbury with the input of a wide range of interested individuals, organisations and groups. Its focus stretches between Lincoln, Prebbleton and Rolleston in the south, to Kaiapoi and Rangiora in the north.
Mr Brownlee says direction from the public has been clear as post-quake recovery has progressed.
"There is a keen desire to see well-designed, people-focused and sustainable developments along with affordable housing and reduced urban sprawl.
"This plan allows for that by giving a very clear direction about where and how new development can occur, in a manner that best assists our region’s recovery."
Mr Brownlee says the defined actions within the plan will be undertaken collaboratively by central and local government agencies, and various other authorities.
"The strategic partners across Canterbury are working closely to make this plan viable and practical, and able to address the burgeoning issues as soon as possible.
"It’s another example of the agencies all doing their part to bolster our region through our recovery."
For more information about the LURP visit www.cera.govt.nz/lurp. Copies of the LURP will also be made available in council service centres and public libraries across greater Christchurch next week.
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