Nancy Northcroft Supreme Planning Practice Award and Best Practice - Non-statutory Planning

Awarded to:

  • Christchurch City Council - Urban Design, Regeneration and Heritage Unit
  • Christchurch City Council - Community Support, Governance and Partnership Unit


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Supporting community-led planning and place-making




Christchurch City Council’s community-led revitalisation initiative has achieved the supreme accolade at the 2019 New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) awards.

Following the 2010/11 Christchurch earthquakes, the Council has applied a collaborative approach that reflects the community’s desire for increased local action and decision-making.

An online ‘Shape your Place’ toolkit was launched to help Christchurch residents identify, plan and deliver their own neighbourhood projects.

Public and private areas have been transformed into meaningful community spaces – resulting in new fitness trails, pop-up theatres, playground rebuilds, street parties, and communal gardens. Amenity and community activity has also improved at various earthquake-damaged locations.

The innovative approach to urban development claimed the title of Best Practice in Non-Statutory Planning and NZPI’s supreme accolade, the Nancy Northcroft Award.

NZPI chair Karyn Sinclair says the award reflects the organisation’s strong place-making leadership, which moves away from traditional council-led master plans.

Place-making is a grassroots, collaborative approach to urban design that encourages public participation.

“Christchurch City Council is acutely aware that ownership of place lies at the neighbourhood level, and communities hold a significant amount of knowledge, initiative and attachment that can inform project scope, design, delivery and upkeep,” says Karyn.

“It is a great example of deep engagement with a community that has experienced a lot of recent social disruption.”


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