Welcome to the website of the Independent Hearings Panel for Plan Change 14

Find out more about the proposed Housing and Business Choice Plan Change (PC14)
City Central 2

About this website

About this website

This is the website of the Independent Hearings Panel (IHP) appointed by the Christchurch City Council (the Council) to consider and conduct the hearing of submissions on the proposed Housing and Business Choice Plan Change (PC14) notified by the Council.

Hearings in 2024, weeks 9 and 10, will commence on Monday 15 April 2024. Hearing dates are: 15, 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24 April 2024. 

The Hearing topics and subtopics schedule updated February 2024 details the topics to be heard. Hearings for 2023, weeks 1 to 8, were completed on 30 November 2023. Hearing proceedings and hearing schedules are available on the Hearings page of this website. 

Submitters to be heard during the April 2024 hearings have been contacted by the IHP Secretariat. Any submitter who indicated they wish to be heard and hasn't been had a time scheduled should contact the IHP Secretariat as soon as possible to arrange a time to be heard.

The IHP filed Minute 34: Directions on resumption of hearings and Council right of reply on 8 March 2024. 

Further updates to this and the IHP schedule will be published on this website.

The Council publicly notified PC14 on 17 March 2023 and submissions closed on 12 May 2023. Further submission periods have closed. Original and further submissions can be viewed on the Council website. 

Information about PC14, including submissions and further submissions, are available on Council's website: Housing and Business Choice Plan Change. Documents relating to the hearings are available on this website.

The IHP issued Hearing Procedures in August 2023 and a Hearing Topics and Subtopics Schedule (updated February 2024) for the hearings. The schedule was amended to reflect that some topics initially scheduled for 2024 were heard in earlier weeks of the hearings. Hearings schedules, hearing proceedings and tabled documents are available on the Hearings page on this website.

The Council has filed section 42 reports and Council evidence in chief. Submitter's expert evidence has been published on the evidence webpage. Statements, evidence and documents filed at the

The IHP held a Pre-hearing Meeting for Council, submitters and further submitters on 1 August 2023 to consider procedural matters relating to PC 14 hearings. 

Following the hearings, the IHP will prepare a report and recommendations on PC14, pursuant to Part 5, subpart 5A and Part 6 of Schedule 1, of the Resource Management Act 1991. 


17 March 2023

Proposed Housing and Business Choice Plan Change notified by Christchurch City Council

17 March to 12 May 2023

Notification and submission period

June and July 2023

Summary of submissions and further submissions period

1 August 2023

Pre-hearing meeting (procedural matters)

October and November 2023

IHP hearings weeks 1 to 8

April 2024

IHP hearings weeks 9 and 10
- 15, 16, 17, 18 April
- 23 and 24 April

July 2024

IHP Recommendations Report delivered to Council
- date to be confirmed