Strategic Direction

What’s the Big Picture for Waimakariri District?

The role of this chapter is to set out key objectives for the overall patterns of land use across the District, such as where our
commercial and rural residential areas are located. It will direct the objectives and policies in the rest of the District Plan.

A Number of Plans and Strategies Inform the Strategic Directions Chapter Including:

  • National Policy Statements - these are issued by the Government to provide direction to local Councils about matters of national significance. They help to meet the purposes of the RMA
  • The Canterbury Regional Policy Statement (CRPS) - this provides an overview of the resource management issues in the Canterbury region, as well as the objectives, policies and methods. The purpose is to achieve integrated management of natural and physical resources
  • The Waimakariri District Development Strategy - this strategy guides the ongoing process of ensuring that growth management, within the Waimakariri and Greater Christchurch context, is current and forward-looking

We are Considering Strategic Objectives for the Following Topics and Issues:

  • Managing urban growth by providing enough land, or other opportunities - including providing for higher-density development areas - to meet growth demands for housing and business
  • Planned infrastructure provision, integrated with urban growth, and with its ongoing use and function protected
  • Recognising and providing for Ngāi Tūāhuriri’s historic and contemporary connection to the land as well as cultural and spiritual values
  • Helping to achieve a prosperous economy by enabling a wide range of business activities
  • Maintaining and enhancing existing town centres as the primary focus for retail, office and other commercial activity
  • Providing for the highest density of business and residential development in and around town centres
  • Providing for attractive and accessible recreational, social and cultural facilities and spaces
  • Recognising and protecting important natural areas, landscape values, and indigenous biodiversity areas
  • Managing rural areas and small settlements to maintain their character and productive potential
  • Addressing natural hazards to protect life and property, and addressing effects of climate change

Relevant Information:

waimakariri.govt.nz/districtdevelopment