PC56 – Managing Urban Design and Amenity in Christchurch
Suburban centres are under the planning spotlight, with a proposed City Plan change that will enable greater scrutiny over the design and appearance of developments in Business 1, 2 and 2P zones in Christchurch. This follows some of the recent urban design initiatives taken through the Central City Blueprint process and in neighbouring districts. It has potential implications for a wide range of businesses and developers.
PC56 was notified on 11 May 2013. Submissions close on 24 June 2013.
Key changes include:
- Qualitative urban design assessment for most new developments, which could control or prevent proposals from proceeding
- Requirement for a context analysis and design statement for larger developments
- Parking and access requirements to support specified urban design outcomes in suburban centres, including additional assessment under the existing High Traffic Generator rule and a new assessment for commercial car parking
- Additional cycle parking design requirements
- New definitions of architectural articulation, architectural modulation, active frontage and publicly accessible space
- A range of new road frontage requirements – including setbacks, screening, glazing, pedestrian access points, verandas and other measures.