Projects - Regenerate ChristchurchRegenerate Christchurch

  • The Cathedral Square Strategy

Planning Matters was engaged to help draft the Cathedral Square Strategy, which identified a vision, objectives and projects to revitalise Cathedral Square.   

  • The Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan – Appendix 1

This draft Regeneration Plan presented a bold vision for the future of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor. It emphasised a strengthened connection between people, the river and the land.  Planning Matters took a lead role in developing the regulatory framework component (Appendix 1) to implement the Plan. 

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Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

Andrew provided drafting assistance on this Plan, anchoring the District and Regional Policy Statement changes. 

  • Facilitating Land Repair

Working with Environment Canterbury, the Earthquake Commission and the Christchurch City Council, Andrew facilitated changes to the Christchurch City Plan and the Land and Water Regional Plan to better enable land repair post-earthquakes.

As part of a small team within the Central City Development Unit, Andrew helped develop the regulatory framework for the Recovery Plan which set the vision, objectives and projects to restore the central city of Christchurch post the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.   


Waimakariri District Council

  • Maori Reserve 873 Plan Change

Planning Matters was engaged by the Waimakariri District Council to lead the development of a plan change to the Waimakariri District Plan  to enable Tuahuriri to use their land as envisaged by Kemps Deed. 

Planning Matters was engaged to anchor the development of the Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan, which sets out objectives and proposed land uses for areas of Kaiapoi, The Pines Beach and Kairaki which were ‘red zoned’ as a result of the Canterbury 2010 Earthquake.   This project won two NZPI and two SOLGM awards (see the Awards page).

Planning Matters was engaged to lead the drafting of the development of the Waimakariri District Development Strategy which guides the District’s anticipated residential and business growth until 2048.   It centres around seven key strategic themes being the environment, growing communities, rural areas and small settlements, connections, economy, centres and community spaces and places. The strategy  had significant community input, both in the preparation of a draft strategy, and the formal consultation process which occurred from July to August 2017. Directions signaled in the Strategy were underpinned by environmental and cultural constraints and opportunities, expert advice, and background reports.

Planning Matters was engaged to lead the development of the Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan – 2028 and Beyond.  The Plan promotes a vision of a vibrant town centre that embraces the river, attracts visitors and new businesses and creates enjoyable public spaces.  The Plan includes Masterplans for Mixed-Use Business Areas which provide an exciting opportunity to shape the future of the Town Centre. The Draft Plan was open for public consultation throughout August 2018. Community feedback and submissions were then considered, revisions made and the final plan was adopted by the Council in November 2018.

  • District Plan Review

Planning Matters was engaged in 2017 to support the Council undertake a full review of its District Plan.  To date Planning Matters has anchored the development of the business and transport chapters.   

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Ministry for the Environment

Planning Matters provided advice to the Ministry on earthquake recovery matters, including land repair, earthworks and contaminated sites requirements in 2013/14. 

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

  • Planning Matters provided various policy and submissions advice on the Christchurch Replacement District Plan, contribution to the Crown’s submission and providing evidence at the Hearing before the Independent Hearings Panel. 
  • Planning Matters helped prepare the Crown’s Waimakariri Red Zone Recovery Plan (the Minister’s version), which built on the multi award winning draft Plan prepared by the Waimakariri District Council.

Christchurch City Council

  • Planning Matters undertook a planning compliance audit of a recent greenfield subdivision.
  • Planning Matters prepared a resource consent application for a social housing complex in Akaroa.
  • As a staff member Andrew led the development of the award winning Regulatory Framework for the Central City Recovery Plan.

Canterbury District Health Board

  • Planning Matters supported the CDHB submissions on the Christchurch District Plan Review in relation to the provision of health services and their facilities.  Andrew also prepared expert evidence for the Hearing before the Independent Hearings Panel. 
  • Planning Matters has prepared various resource consents for the CDHB, including a Hospital extension at Hillmorton and temporary facilities in the Central City Health Precinct.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

  • In 2013 / 14 Planning Matters was engaged to support the Ministry deliver three key housing projects in Christchurch (Welles Street and Colombo Street apartments and Awatea greenfield housing). 

Other Clients

Planning Matters has also undertaken a number of jobs for other clients, including: 

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Warren and Mahoney
  • Chase Commercial  
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor