What is our vision for central Christchurch?

When Christchurch City Council asked people to 'Share an Idea’ about the central city recovery, more than 100,000 suggestions poured in. Advice also came from professional institutes, interest groups and community organisations.

Five key themes emerged to form the basis of the draft Central City Plan, and were reflected in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan that followed.

Green city

  • A revitalised Ōtākaro/Avon River corridor.
  • New street trees, improved surface stormwater treatment and a new network of parks that encourage outdoor activities.
  • A greener, more attractive central Christchurch, which includes measures against climate change.

Stronger built identity

  • A lower-rise city with safe, sustainable buildings that look good and function well.
  • Use of strong urban design principles.
  • Strengthened heritage buildings that can be used for contemporary purposes.
  • An urban building fabric that speaks to our sense of place, our identity, our shared cultural heritage.

Compact core

  • A more compact central city core.
  • Well-designed streetscapes, redeveloped civic buildings, ultra-fast broadband and free Wi-Fi.
  • Car parking buildings and bus routes around the Core.

Live, work, play, learn and visit

  • High-quality inner city housing.
  • New metropolitan sporting facilities.
  • A new central library.
  • New public art and performing arts venues.
  • Playgrounds.

Accessible city

  • A city that is easy to get to and around for all age groups.
  • Excellent walking and cycling paths and high-quality public transport.

Embrace cultural values

  • A city for all people and cultures.
  • Recognise Ngāi Tahu heritage and places of significance.
  • A commitment to enhance an urban environment for future generations.
  • Cultural revitalisation as a catalyst for urban regeneration and prosperity.