Through the High Court decision, Independent Fisheries Limited v Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery (HC CHCH CIV-2012-409-000500 24 July 2012) the decisions of the Minister to revoke Proposed Change 1 and include Chapters 12A and 22 in the operative RPS, were set aside. The decision of the High Court has been appealed to the Court of Appeal by Environment Canterbury and other parties.
The Decisions Version of Proposed Change 1 (December 2009) and Chapters 12A and 22 are available below.
The Regional Policy Statement Proposed Change 1 addresses land use and urban growth management in Greater Christchurch for the next 35 years and provides statutory backing for the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy.
The Proposed Change includes maps defining areas for development and applies to Christchurch City (including the Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō basin but excluding eastern Banks Peninsula) and the eastern parts of Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts.
The Urban Development Strategy is the result of a collaborative approach to urban growth management being pursued by Environment Canterbury, the Christchurch City Council, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils, and the New Zealand Transport Agency. Environment Canterbury worked closely with its Urban Development Strategy partners to put together the Proposed Change 1 and it had broad stakeholder input.
External commissioners, Ron Crosby, Alan Withy and Sylvia Allan were appointed by Environment Canterbury and heard diverse views about the desired future for Greater Christchurch over the 4 months to early September 2009. Their recommendations were presented to Environment Canterbury.
On December 10 2009, Environment Canterbury accepted their recommendations as its decisions on submissions and further submissions on Proposed Change 1 to the RPS.
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