Well designed urban spaces, places, building and networks are essential building blocks upon which successful towns and cities are built.

Urban areas are well-designed to meet our needs

Well-designed urban areas are safe and attractive places that are all well connected, inclusive and accessible. They include a mix of compatible activities, community facilities, living and working areas and open space. Creating and improving neighbourhoods that bring people together strengthens community identity and pride, and contributes to people's health and well-being. 

Key points

  • Access to key activity centres remained relatively stable between 2006 and 2013; there was a small increase in the number of people living within 400 metres of key activity centres, but a reduction of those living within 800 metres.
  • In 2013 5% of the population lived within 400 metres of key activity centres, whilst 15% were within 800 metres of key activity centres.
  • Of all the key activity centres, Barrington (16%), Linwood - Eastgate (15%), and Riccarton (14%) have the highest proportion of people living within walking distance of them, whilst New Brighton (4%) is the least accessible.
  • Following the earthquakes, the all day average 10km travel time underwent a significant increase. Although this is still higher than before the earthquakes, it has once again begun to level off.

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Source: CCC, Asset & Network Planning


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Source: Statistics NZ, Census of Population & Dwellings(external link)


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Source: Statistics NZ, Census of Population & Dwellings(external link)


More detail and information

Urban Design in Christchurch: The Council is committed to working with the community to rebuild Christchurch as a city for people.

Jan Gehl Public Space Public Life StudyIn 2009, Danish urban designer Jan Gehl undertook a Public Space Public Life Study of Central Christchurch.

Streets & Spaces Design Guide(external link): Everyone who visits Christchurch experiences the central city’s public realm in some form, through either the streets as they move across the city or the public spaces they visit.

Streetscapes, open space and buildings enhance the city

Quality urban design sees buildings, place and spaces as fluid elements of the city. It also recognises that cities are part of a constantly evolving relationship between people land and culture. Good connections enhance choice, support social cohesion, make places lively and safe and facilitate contact among people. The Council is the most influential agency in the urban space through planning and building controls and its ownership of the majority of public space. Working together with property owners to create urban areas we enjoy now and in the future is an important part of the Council's work programme.

Measures for this outcomes are currently under development. More detail will be availabe at a later date.

More detail and information

Christchurch Central Development Unit(external link)The Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) exists to help bring a renewed central city to life.

Share an IdeaShare an idea was a conversation with our community to gather ideas on how they wanted their Central City redeveloped following the devastating February 2011 earthquake.