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Last reviewed: Thu, 15 Sep 2011

Future Christchurch

The journey to the future Christchurch begins here

We have a big picture for the future of our City and the greater Christchurch area. It identifies our long term goals and sets out a sustainable plan of development.

Our vision is simple. We want to ensure that Christchurch is a safe, prosperous, sustainable, affordable, lively and vibrant city.

Our community’s vision

Future Christchurch starts with the vision that the Christchurch community has for its future. This vision is articulated in the Community Outcomes (reviewed every six years) and is refined through consultation over individual issues through have your say. In a less structured way, we invite your feedback and suggestions at any time.

By understanding the community’s vision, we can make plans to work towards that goal.

Achieving the vision

Two major plans, directed towards achieving the community’s vision are the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS) and the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP).

Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy
Working collaboratively with our strategic partners Environment Canterbury, Selwyn District Council, the Waimakariri District Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency, we put together a blueprint of strategies and plans that both address and support this vision over the next 35 years. The plan covers the management of urban growth in greater Christchurch and aims to protect water, enhance open spaces, improve transport links, create more liveable centres and manage population growth in a sustainable way. To find out more, visit the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy -

Long Term Council Community Plan
To deliver on community vision, the Christchurch City Council has a range of strategies, plans and programmes. These include the Long Term Council Community Plan which is revised every three years. The LTCCP sets out the activities and services that the Council intends to provide for a period covering a minimum of 10 years. This allows the Council to take a long-term view of its responsibilities while enabling it to adjust for changing financial factors and keep its budgets up-to-date.

Assessing progress

As the Council implements its plans, strategies and policies, we also monitor how we are doing through monitoring programmes. Principle among these programmes are the City Plan monitoring programme and the State of the environment monitoring programme. By monitoring what is achieved, we can ensure that our actions are producing the desired results.

An invitation

We invite you to join us on the journey to a greater Christchurch. You could start by exploring the menu items and links on this page and participating in the consultation process through Have Your Say and providing feedback. We hope you enjoy the journey.


Authorising Unit: Strategy Support

Last reviewed: Thursday, 15 September 2011

Next review: Thursday, 15 March 2012

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