Building height restrictions planned

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Last updated 15:21 15/02/2013

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Building heights will be restricted to a maximum of four storeys under a raft of planning rule changes being considered for central Christchurch residential areas.

When the Government released its Christchurch Central Recovery Plan on July 30 last year it directed the city council to review its district plan as it applied to living zones in the central city by March 1.

That review is now largely complete and council staff are proposing changes to the planning rules.

Staff are recommending:

- Reducing the maximum building height for developments in the Avon Loop area to two storeys and to between three and four storeys in other residential areas of the central city

- Standardising the requirements for outdoor living space, road setbacks, recession planes and separation from boundaries across the central city's three living zones.

- Removing some of the 11 special amenity areas in the central city, where tighter planning rules have applied to retain the special character of those areas.

- Removing the residential site density rules.

The council's planning committee today accepted those recommendations, but they have still to be ratified by the full council. That is due to happen on February 28.

If the council approves the recommendations it will recommend that Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee undertakes more public consultation on the proposed changes before it amends the district plan.

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