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The Independent Hearings Panel was appointed, in accordance with the Canterbury Earthquake (Christchurch Replacement District Plan) Order 2014, to hear submissions and make decisions on the Proposed Christchurch Replacement District Plan, including Banks Peninsula, to facilitate the recovery and development of Christchurch.

The Plan was notified in stages with the first stage being notified on 27 August 2014. By the end of the substantive hearing process in December 2016, the Panel had considered 4848 submissions covering 48,091 submission points. View a complete list of Proposals by stages here.

The hearings are now complete. All decisions have been issued by the Panel and notified by the Christchurch City Council. The Panel delivered 134 decisions in total. The first batch of decisions was released on 16 February 2015 and the final substantive decision was released on 16 December 2016. A number of minor corrections decisions followed during 2017 with the last being released on 6 November 2017. Decisions are posted on this website under Decisions.

The Replacement District Plan became operative on 19 December 2017. The Christchurch City Council now has a complete and fully operative District Plan (other than the coastal hazard provisions) setting a clear direction for the rebuild and recovery of the greater Christchurch district. View the Christchurch District Plan on the Christchurch City Council website here.

Read the final message from the Chairperson Sir John Hansen here.

This website will continue to be accessible including all Decisions, hearing documents and evidence. Please direct all enquiries regarding the District Plan to:

The functions of the Panel are now at an end and the office of the Secretariat will be closed as of 30 January 2018.