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The Canterbury Regional Policy Statement (PDF File, 3.93MB) provides an overview of the resource management issues in the Canterbury region, and the objectives, policies and methods to achieve integrated management of natural and physical resources. These methods include directions for provisions in district and regional plans.
You can find further information, including changes made to the Regional Policy Statement since it became operative, below.
Operative Regional Policy Statement
The Regional Policy Statement (RPS) became operative on 15 January 2013. It was republished in October 2020 to incorporate changes made since 2013. You can view the Regional Policy Statement and associated documents below:
- Canterbury Regional Policy Statement - October 2020 (PDF File, 3.93MB)
- Map A, Chapter 6 – Revised August 2017(external link)
- Appendix 5 Maps – Revised February 2017 (PDF File, 20.95MB)
- Guidelines for the Application of Ecological Significance Criteria for Indigenous Vegetation and Habitats of Indigenous Fauna in Canterbury Region (PDF File, 10.81MB)
Please note: The Guidelines for the Application of Ecological Significance Criteria for Indigenous Vegetation and Habitats of Indigenous Fauna in Canterbury Region was prepared by Wildland Consultants under contract to Environment Canterbury and does not endorse this consultancy above any other for application of RPS criteria.
In April 2020, the Minister for the Environment directed us to enter the streamlined planning process for a proposed change to Chapter 6 of the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement.
In August, the Minister granted us a six-month extension (PDF File, 148.32KB) to publicly notify the proposed change. The extension will allow us to consider implications of the new National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 before we notify the proposed change. Notice of the amendment to the Minister’s direction, which sets out the planning process and timeframes, was published in the New Zealand Gazette (PDF File, 32.08KB).
The proposed change to Chapter 6 identifies future urban housing development areas in Rolleston, Rangiora and Kaiapoi and inserts associated policy provisions. This supports the actions of the Our Space 2018–48 Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update(external link).
In October 2020 the Regional Policy Statement was revised to incorporate the amendments described below.
Timing: Revised October 2020
In September 2020 the Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration approved a proposal to amend Chapter 6 of the Regional Policy Statement using section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016, to provide for the development and operation of commercial film or video production facilities in Christchurch.
Timing: Came into effect on 13 October 2020
On 25 July 2019 a new Objective 6.2.1a was inserted into the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement in accordance with sections 55(2) and 55(2A) of the Resource Management Act 1991 and as required by the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016. Objective 6.2.1a sets out minimum housing targets for the Greater Christchurch area over the medium (next 10 years) and long term (10 to 30 years).
Timing: Came into effect on 25 July 2019
Document: Public Notice (PDF File, 124.29KB)
In December 2018 Hon Nanaia Mahuta, acting for the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration approved a proposal to amend the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement using section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to provide for a metropolitan recreation facility at 466-482 Yaldhurst Road, Christchurch.
Timing: Came into effect on 19 December 2018
Development materials for the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement have been archived. Please contact customer services if you wish to access any of this material.