A mix of urban intensification and selective peripheral development has been identified as an effective way of minimising the effects of urban sprawl, and promoting a socially and economically sustainable urban form that is enjoyed by residents.
- Population density in Christchurch was 30 people per ha in 2015. Density has been slowly increasing, although amalgamation with Banks Peninsula and the earthquakes have reduced the population density in the City. Increases in greenfield development post-quake, and the loss of people from existing parts of the City have also had an effect.
- Employment density decreased between the mid-2000s and 2012 from 97 to 92 employees per hectare. Since then density has increased by 14% to 104 employees per hectare in 2015.
- 29,000 ha or 12% of Christchurch's total area of around 160,000ha is urbanised. In 2006, when Christchurch amalgamated with the Banks Peninsula District the total area of the city quadrupled, mainly with non-urban land.
- The rate of residential development outside of the urban area over the past 30 years has been around 32 new houses per year. Between June 1990 and June 2016 - 835 rural residential houses that are either part of farms or life style properties have been consented.
New Rural Residential Housing
Source: CCC, Residential Building Consents
Christchurch Urban Area
Source: CCC, Zoning Information
More detail and information
Land Use Recovery Plan: (external link) The plan puts land use policies and rules in place to assist rebuilding and recovery of communities (including housing and businesses) that have been disrupted by the earthquakes.