What’s Happening in NW Rangiora?

The Urban Development Strategy has identified western Rangiora, loosely as far as Lehmans Road, as a growth area over the next 30 years.  The strategy is a joint project of the Waimakariri, Christchurch and Selwyn Councils, ECan and the NZ Transport Agency (formerly Transit NZ).  Part of the UDS is in the process of being given legal status through ECan’s Change 1 to their Regional Policy Statement.

The Waimakariri District Council has decided that the best way to plan for residential growth in west Rangiora is to do it through private plan changes.  This means that landowners and/or developers initiate the necessary chnages to the Waimakariri District Plan.

To give those landowners and developers some guidance, the Council has been consulting with the community on the drawing up of structure plans.  These will indicate the general direction of main roads, sewer lines, etc.  This process is not complete.

In the meantime, a group of developers has initiated a private plan change to turn the northern-most part of this area into a residential zone and a smaller section beyond into “rural residential”.

One area of controversy has been Brick Kiln Lane, which, while zoned rural, has a series of large residential sections.  It includes an historic cottage and the remains of the last brick kiln to survive in the area. The lane itself is not a Council road.  The residents have been insistent that their lane should retain its ambience – which is probably quite achievable provided the lane does not become a through-road.

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