A vibrant residential population helps support business growth and development, and creates a high level of activity day and night. The recovery of the central city is vital for the economic recovery of Christchurch and the wider region.

Changes to our Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities

The Council approved a new 2020 strategic framework on 19 December 2019 and this is currently part of the consultation document on the annual plan.

Information on our revised Community Outcomes and Strategic Priorities is currently being developed.

Suburban and rural centres play an important role in providing accessible services for communities and are a focal point for social and economic activity. Well-designed centres are people-focused, providing social hubs which meet the needs of the community.

What this means for our district

  • More people, including families, live in the Central City.
  • The Central City is a place residents, workers, and visitors enjoy being.
  • The Central City is a diverse and prosperous business centre.
  • Well-designed public spaces enhance the Central City and draw people in, day and night.
  • Suburban and rural centres are well-designed and meet the needs of the community, providing appropriate local services, employment, and opportunities for social interaction.

How we are contributing

We are coordinating a cross-agency Central City Promotion Group to help market the Central City as a great place to visit, work, invest and live. Council is working hard to improve the condition, safety and accessibility of streets and public spaces in the Central City.

Several suburban centre master plans have funding to improve their streetscape. A new Central City Residential Programme is in development, and the Enliven Places Programme is supporting activity in the Central City and along the Ōtākaro Avon River. We are also coordinating a programme to promote, support and build social innovation and social enterprise in Christchurch.

How you can help

Come and explore what's new in Central City, and support local businesses. Get involved in events and support Gap Filler(external link) and other organisations that help bring life to the city.

Take a look at the Shape your place(external link) toolkit which explains how you and your community can work with Council to enhance your neighbourhood and bring your ideas to life.