Proposed Change 1 to Chapter 6 of the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement

Following public notification of Proposed Change 1 to Chapter 6 of the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement (CRPS) in January 2021, the Council has now submitted its written recommendations report to the Minister for the Environment for consideration.

The Minister can approve the Proposed Change, refer it back to Environment Canterbury for reconsideration (with or without recommended changes), or decline it.

The recommendations report, summary of submissions, other related documents, and information on the streamlined planning process being followed for this proposed change can be viewed below.

About the proposed change

The Proposed Change identifies new urban housing development areas in Rolleston, Rangiora and Kaiapoi. It adds associated policy provisions to enable Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils to consider rezoning land within these areas through their district planning processes, if required, to meet shortfalls in housing capacity. 

This is a targeted change that implements an action in Our Space 2018–2048: Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update Whakahāngai O Te Hōrapa Nohoanga and gives effect to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020.

Our Space 2018–2048 identified that housing development capacity in Selwyn and Waimakariri is potentially not sufficient to meet demand over the medium and long-term. A targeted change to the CRPS was identified as part of the proposed planning response. Wider and longer-term urban development issues will be considered as part of a scheduled full review of the CRPS in the next four years.


The Minister for the Environment approved the use of the streamlined planning process for this proposed change. The streamlined planning process is different to the standard Schedule 1 Resource Management Act (RMA) process.

This is a summary of the process steps. The full statutory requirements are set out in the Minister's Direction (PDF File, 38.03KB)  dated April 2020 and notice of amendment (PDF File, 32.08KB) dated 6 August 2020. 

Further information can be found on our Have your say website.

Proposed Change 1 to Chapter 6 stage set to report 

1. Streamlined planning process

In April 2020, the Minister for the Environment directed us to enter the Streamlined Planning Process (PDF File, 38.03KB) for this proposed change.

In August 2020, the Minister granted us a six-month extension to publicly notify the proposed change to the CRPS (PDF File, 148.32KB).

Notice of the amendment to the Minister’s direction (PDF File, 32.08KB) has been published in the New Zealand Gazette. 

The streamlined planning process was introduced through amendments to the RMA in April 2017. It is a Minister-directed process intended to give flexibility in plan-making processes and timeframes.

Using a streamlined planning process has the potential to reduce the time and cost associated with implementing changes to RMA plans, with fewer mandatory process steps and limited scope for appeals.

2. Consultation
The Minister’s Direction includes pre-notification consultation with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (the iwi authority) and Ngāi Tūāhuriri. This was undertaken in May-June 2020.
3. Public notification

In accordance with the timeframes set out in the Minister’s direction, the proposed change was publicly notified on 16 January 2021.

4. Submissions

Public notification of the Proposed Change provided an opportunity for anyone who wished to comment to do so by making a written submission. The period for written submissions was open from Saturday 16 January until Monday 15 February 2021.

A total of 54 written submissions were received. These can be viewed in full below.

A summary of written submissions (PDF file, 1.19MB) and the Council’s response to individual submission points has also been prepared. This is available ordered by theme/provision (PDF file,1.19MB) or by submitter (PDF file, 1.17MB).

5. Report~~
The final step under the Minister’s Direction is the submission of a written recommendations report, showing how submissions have been considered and the changes recommended to the proposed planning instrument. The report must be provided, together with all other documents required by clause 83(1) of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act, for the Minister’s consideration, no later than 30 working days after the close of submissions.

On 28 March the Council submitted its written recommendations report and other required documents to the Minister for consideration. In accordance with the Minister’s Direction, the draft recommendations report was peer reviewed by an independent commissioner. The commissioner’s comments were then addressed or incorporated into the final report.
Links to reports
6. Minister's decision
After we have undertaken the steps set out in the Direction, we must submit the proposed change to the Minister for approval. The Minister may approve the proposed change, refer it back to us for reconsideration, or decline it. The decision cannot be appealed to the Environment Court.