The Lyttelton Master Plan protects the valued qualities of the Lyttelton town centre and makes the most of the new opportunities which have arisen as a result of the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

Lyttelton Master Plan [PDF, 3.3 MB]

About the plan

view over Lyttleton to the portLyttelton people are uncommonly interested in the character of their town and their community. As they worked together to pick up the pieces of their lives after the earthquake of 22 February 2011 they were already beginning to imagine what a rebuilt Lyttelton could be like.

The plan identifies actions outside of the town centre which support those in the town centre and/or addresses issues which, although not generated by the earthquakes, have the potential to be exacerbated by them. It identifies opportunities to enhance aspects of Lyttelton that work well and opportunities to upgrade some areas that could work even better. This includes:

  • ways to improve the distribution and quality of public amenities,
  • pedestrian and cyclist safety,
  • activity mix, and
  • access to the Port and inner harbour waterfront.

Plan development process and timeline

date stage actions
April to May 2011 Project set-up

The project set-up stage, included:

  • assessment of earthquake impacts
  • identification of key stakeholders
May to June 2011 Research and information gathering

Focus group sessions were held with various affected groups and residents. Sessions identified key issues to be considered in the recovery and rebuild of Lyttelton.

June 2011 Design and feasibility testing The Council held an “Inquiry by Design” workshop involving technical experts, to find the best ways of addressing issues and suggestions raised in the community sessions
July to August 2011 Design and feasibility testing Community meetings to present and test provisional ideas and options for the draft master plan.
September to October 2011 Prepare draft Master Plan

The master plan was drafted, endorsed by the Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board and approved by the Council for public consultation.

November to December 2011 Consultation
January to June 2012  

Submissions were analysed. Council endorsed the Community Board recommendation to not hold formal hearings.

June 2012   Council adopted the final Master Plan on   June 2012.

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