The Christchurch City Council have launched a community survey process to address central city noise tensions.
On April 5 2023, the Council resolved to look into a District Plan change process to help with noise issues arising from mixed use central city neighbourhoods. The city’s current plan was created post-earthquake, so is no longer fit for purpose in some areas of evolving Christchurch.
The survey has two aims; to get an understanding of community expectations to inform work on the District Plan changes, and to help Council start investigating any additional support that central city residents and businesses may need in the meantime to help get the balance right.
One notable instance of noise tensions in Ōtautahi this year was that of Dux Central. In January the venue had to drop love music after a new neighbour complained about noise.
Then, a Change.org petition demanding Christchurch’s planning rules to protect live music venues attracted more than 2000 signatures. The Council’s survey substantiates those calls for action.
Striking a balance between protecting live venues and appeasing noise complaints is challenging, especially as the city grows post-quake.
Survey submissions are open from September 4 to October 2 2023 and the Council invites everyone to complete it. The Christchurch City Council expects to have the District Plan change ready for public consultation in 2025.
Visit letstalk.ccc.govt.nz/centralcitynoise to have your say.