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.
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.
In accordance with the timeframes set out in the Minister’s direction, the proposed change was publicly notified on 16 January 2021.
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).
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.
- Report to the Minister for the Environment on Proposed Change 1 to Chapter 6 of the CRPS, March 2021 (PDF file,796.32KB)
- Appendix 1 – Proposed Change 1 to Chapter 6 of the CRPS, incorporating the Council’s recommendations (PDF file, 935.49KB)
- Appendix 2 – Summary report of written submissions (PDF file, 1.19MB)
- Appendix 3 – Section 32 evaluation report (PDF file, 1.64MB)
- Appendix 4 – Summary of the actions undertaken by the Council in accordance with the streamlined planning process and the Minister’s Statement of Expectations (PDF file, 175.3KB)
- Appendix 5 – Legal and statutory framework – compliance with the requirements of relevant national direction and the RMA (including section 32AA evaluation report) (PDF file, 346.54KB)
- Appendix 6 – Minister’s Directions (PDF file, 70.63KB)
- Appendix 7 – Technical peer review report prepared by Hon. Lester Chisholm for Environment Canterbury (PDF file, 827.56KB)