The Christchurch Urban Design Panel is a group of leading built-environment professionals who provide free, independent design review for both the private and public sectors, to support the quality rebuild of Christchurch.
Private developers are encouraged to submit their plans to the panel for a pre-application review to provide greater certainty at the resource consent application stage. Major urban projects the Council is undertaking will also be submitted to the panel for review.
Developers are encouraged to submit their plans to the Panel for a pre-application review, in order to provide greater certainty at the resource consent application stage. The earlier the Panel can review a proposal, the more helpful their advice, and the easier it will be to act on their recommendations.
A Panel review meeting involves a group of three to four Panellists meeting with a developer and discussing their project to understand the design objectives, constraints and outcomes sought. The Panel's recommendations represent its consensus following the review meeting, and will be provided to the applicant within five working days.
The Christchurch Urban Design Panel is not a decision-making body for resource consent applications. However, its recommendations may be considered among other matters, on balance, by a planner processing a resource consent. Decisions about resource consent applications rest with the Council or the delegated decision-making body (e.g. commissioner).
For further information, please refer to the following documents:
As a general guide, projects that meet the following criteria can be taken to the Christchurch Urban Design Panel. In some instances, significant projects that fall outside these areas can be taken to the Panel voluntarily by the owner/developer.
Please discuss with a Council planner or Council Urban Design staff member whether your project meets the following criteria and whether it would benefit from a design review by the Panel:
Panellists were selected following an open call for expressions of interest in late 2016. They are leading practitioners and academics from the following core disciplines, and also bring specialist areas of expertise:
Each Panel meeting will include four panellists drawn from the larger pool, to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest and to allow for specialist advice when needed.