Rural Residential Development

Waimakariri District is a special place to live and it is important to make provisions for its growth, including rural residential growth, in the future.

The Council adopted the Waimakariri Rural Residential Development Strategy pdf, 7.9 MB on 4 June 2019. This now supersedes the 2010 Rural Residential Development Plan. This Strategy provides the framework for the future provision of land zoned for rural residential purposes in the Waimakariri District. It identifies growth locations for rural residential development across the whole District to meet a projected demand of approximately 385 rural residential households over the next 10 years.

Rural residential development helps to provide diverse living choices for people. It involves the subdivision and use of land (to lots typically sized 2,500m2 to 1 hectare) to cater for those wanting to live within a semi-rural setting. The Rural Residential Development Strategy proactively manages rural land, for rural residential use, by identifying ‘clustered’ locations for development. In this way, it also helps to protect the balance of rural land for primary production and rural character purposes.

The final Rural Residential Development Strategy follows wide public consultation over March/April 2019 and confirms four areas for further rural residential growth in the District: Swannanoa, Oxford, Ashley/Loburn and Gressons Road (north of Woodend).

How will land identified in the Rural Residential Development Strategy be rezoned for rural residential?

The Waimakariri District Plan Review process is the key vehicle through which the Rural Residential Development Strategy will be implemented. The Proposed District Plan is intended to be publicly notified from early to mid-2020. Most likely, the Proposed District Plan will apply a ‘Rural Residential Growth Area Overlay’ (or similar) which indicates that the area is identified for rural residential development and subsequent rezoning. This will be accompanied by District Plan provisions to enable this approach.

Upon notification of the Proposed Waimakariri District Plan, landowners interested in developing their land have the opportunity to submit on the Proposed Waimakariri District Plan, requesting that the land be rezoned rural residential.

Landowners interested in having their land rezoned will need to provide detailed assessments to support their submission (or as part of a separate private plan change application) that demonstrate their land is suitable for rezoning for rural residential use. These investigations typically address flood hazard; stormwater, water and wastewater servicing; transportation; geotechnical; and soil contamination. District Plan Review decision makers (or in the case of a private plan change application, the decision makers assigned to that private plan change) will then decide, based on the evidence provided, whether the land should be rezoned for rural residential use.

The pre-application services and the expertise of the Duty Planner offered by Council can have a role in assisting landowners interested in having their land rezoned for rural residential use through the District Plan Review process or otherwise (e.g. private plan change application). Meetings can be requested with staff to help facilitate communication and provide an opportunity to discuss District Plan requirements, processes, and relevant documents required to support a submission to the Notified District Plan to have their land rezoned (e.g. flood hazard, geotechnical reports etc). A Project Advisory Group (PAG) meeting may also be requested by landowners if required. This service draws together key relevant Council staff to review, discuss and provide impartial, and without prejudice advice on development relating to significant land use activities and subdivision proposals and prospective District Plan change requests.

The Rural Residential Development Strategy signals an intent for the Strategy to be ‘checked’ in 2022, in order to reconcile it against other work including the District Plan Review, if necessary. The quantum of anticipated and/or actual land rezoned for rural residential use as an outcome of the Strategy and the District Plan Review will then be better known and will inform this exercise.

Background Documents

A number of background documents and expert reports helped inform the Waimakariri Rural Residential Development Strategy:

      Name Description
      Summary of Submissions on Draft Rural Residential Development Strategy 2019 Summary of the 143 submissions received on the draft Rural Residential Development Strategy during public consultation in March / April 2019. Download
      Waimakariri Rural Residential Development Strategy Final Rural Residential Development Strategy following public consultation and hearing panel decisions, adopted by Council in June 2019 Download
      Hearing Panel Recommendation Report May 2019 Report which summarises the comments made in submissions received during formal public consultation on the draft Strategy, together with officer recommendations to the hearing panel to inform their deliberations, and a record of the hearing panel recommendations made at their deliberation. Download
      Rural Residential Development Plan Locations for rural residential development within the south-eastern part of Waimakariri District. Download
      Rural Character Assessment Report (June 2018) This report identifies character areas that make up the rural zone and describe the landform, land cover and land use elements, and key characteristics that typify each character area. It identifies areas that are capable of, and suitable for, rural residential development or more intensive rural development (that is consistent with the character of each identified area). Download
      Rural Residential Development Strategy - Preliminary Criteria Assessment (2018) Preliminary criteria assessment undertaken for long listed locations for rural residential development. Download
      Assessment of active fault ground deformation hazards associated with the Ashley Fault Zone, Loburn, North Canterbury (September 2014) Assessment of hazards and risks posed by the Ashley Fault Zone to existing and future buildings and infrastructure in the Loburn area. Download
      Ashley River floodplain investigation (2016 update) Estimates the extent and depth of flooding on the Ashley River floodplain. Download
      General distribution and characteristics of active faults and folds in the Waimakariri District, North Canterbury (July 2013) Details characteristics of active geological faults and folds in the Waimakariri District. The report highlights the approximate ground-surface locations of recognised active faults and folds and provides estimates of their degrees pf activity. Download
      Rural Subdivision and Housing Analysis – Waimakariri District (December 2018) Provides an analysis of the demand and supply for lifestyle and rural residential property in the Waimakariri District and the potential implications of potential minimum allotment size changes. Download
      Survey of Residential 4 Zones and San Dona Olive Groves Households 2018 – Summary of Responses (February 2019) Summary of responses received from survey of Waimakariri District Residential 4 Zones and San Dona Olive Groves Households 2018. Download
      Waimakariri District Plan The Council is required to have a District Plan prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991. To manage the issues outlined in the plan, a number of objectives, policies and methods, including rules, have been developed which relate to land use and subdivision. This webpage includes the ePlan version of the current Waimakariri District Plan and also information relating to the review of the Waimakariri District Plan including District Plan Effectiveness and Issues and Options findings. Download
      Waimakariri District Development Strategy Guides the District’s anticipated residential and business growth over the next 30 years. Download
      Long Term Plan The Long Term Plan describes community outcomes for the District and activities of the Council as well as setting out a long-term focus for the decisions and activities of the Council. The Long Term Plan was adopted by the Council in June 2018. Download
      Annual Plan The Annual Plan contains proposed changes to the work programme and budgets, and key considerations for the Council to address during 2018/19. Download
      Land Use Recovery Plan The Land Use Recovery Plan sets the policy and planning framework necessary for Greater Christchurch to rebuild its metropolitan communities following the Canterbury earthquakes. Download
      Canterbury Regional Policy Statement The Canterbury Regional Policy Statement 2013 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. The methods include directions for provisions in district and regional plans. Download
      National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 The National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 sets out the objectives and policies for providing development capacity under the Resource Management Act 1991. Download
      Our Space 2018-48, Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update The Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update was out for consultation in November 2018. It outlines land use and development proposals to ensure there is sufficient development capacity for housing and business growth across Greater Christchurch to 2048. Download