The Land Use Recovery Plan 2013 (LURP) is a statutory document prepared under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 it took effect in December 2013. Its purpose is to provide for residential and business land use to support recovery and rebuilding to 2028.
The Land Use Recovery Plan (LURP) includes 50 Actions.
Most of these Actions directed changes to planning documents that took immediate effect and were directly incorporated into relevant plans and policies. Others Actions are ongoing and will require more time to embed into plans and policies.
Action 46 directed Environment Canterbury to make changes to plans and strategies it deemed necessary to enable and support recovery and rebuilding in Canterbury, pursuant to section 24(1)(c) of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.
The changes were approved by the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and had effect from mid-2015:
- Amendments to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and the Regional Coastal Environment Plan for the Canterbury Region to direct the responsibility of identifying and managing areas in Greater Christchurch likely to be subject to coastal erosion and sea water inundation, including the cumulative effects of sea level rise over the next 100 years, to Christchurch City Council and Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils;
- The addition of updated maps into Volume 3 of the Regional Coastal Environment Plan for the Canterbury Region and a new Appendix 5 in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement showing Coastal Hazard Zones and sea water inundation zone boundaries in the Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts, together with a new Appendix 6 in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement setting out how Hazard Zones 1 and 2 have been determined; and
- Amendments to the proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan and Land and Vegetation Management Regional Plan to provide for earthquake-damaged land repair works and associated water discharges in High Soil Erosion Risk Areas on the Port Hills as permitted activities subject to conditions.
Amendments to the LURP
The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery approved several amendments to the LURP (PDF File, 510.25KB) in May 2015, to assist with the interpretation of the Plan by removing matters of uncertainty.
The amendments were identified by the following strategic partners: Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
The amendments did not change the direction or focus of the Plan; however they extended the date of the review of the Plan from April 2015 to 30 September 2015.
They also corrected projections for household growth and intensification in Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts, ensured it was clear key regional infrastructure requirements were indicative requirements out to 2028, added text to specifically acknowledge Kemps Deed as it relates to Māori Reserve Land in Canterbury and corrected incorrect references to tables and figures.
The amendments were publicly notified on 14 May 2015 and applied immediately.
The LURP included a requirement that it be monitored (section 5.3) and reviewed (section 5.4). A Monitoring Report (PDF File, 4.63MB) was completed in March 2015 that summarised progress against all 50 Actions in the Plan. The report also used indicators to measure the extent to which the 15 Outcomes identified in the Plan were being achieved, making it a useful document for the review.
Land Use Recovery Plan review
In undertaking a review of the Land Use Recovery Plan, Environment Canterbury was required to obtain the views of greater Christchurch communities.