Supporting communities  |  16 Jan 2020

Community views are being sought on what rules should be included in the Christchurch District Plan to manage the effects of home-share accommodation.

From today, people are invited to give their feedback on five different options Christchurch City Council is exploring to manage home-share accommodation in the residential and rural zones of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

None of the five options the Council is exploring are aimed at people who rent out a spare room in their house as home-share accommodation. They are aimed at those who rent out entire properties in residential or rural zones while they are not present.

The five options are:

  • Keeping the current District Plan rules. The current rules generally require property owners to have a resource consent to list a whole home in a residential zone for guest accommodation. There are some exceptions including listing small units in the Residential Central City Zone. In rural zones, listing a whole home that is not part of a farm stay or rural tourism activity generally requires a resource consent.
  • Enabling whole homes to be listed in certain areas up to a specified number of days. Property owners could list a whole home up to a certain number of days per year.
  • Enabling whole homes to be listed in certain areas. Whole properties could be listed in particular areas but not others without resource consent.
  • Enabling whole homes to be listed, subject to criteria. Home share accommodation would only be permitted in homes that meet specific criteria, to minimise impacts on neighbours.
  • Allowing whole homes to be listed anywhere at any time. Resource consent would not be required to rent out whole homes for home-share accommodation. It would be considered a form of residential activity.

“We want to hear our communities’ views on which of these options, if any, they prefer and to get their feedback on what they see as the main issues. The feedback we receive will help guide decision-making on how we manage home-share accommodation in our district,’’ says Council Head of Planning and Strategic Transport David Griffiths.

People have until Monday 2 March to give their feedback.

Have Your Say.

Drop-in sessions where people can learn more about the various options and talk to staff will be held on the following days:

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 11am to 1pm

Gaiety Hall, 105 Rue Jolie, Akaroa

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 5.30pm to 7pm

Civic Offices, Hereford Street, central Christchurch

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 5pm to 7pm

North New Brighton Community Hall, 88 Marine Parade

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 3pm to 6.30pm

Mount Pleasant Yacht Club, 21 Main Road

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 12pm to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm

Tūranga Library (TSB Room, Level 1) 60 Cathedral Square

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 6pm to 8pm

Community Boardroom, Papanui Library/Service Centre, 35 Langdons Road