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The design guides have been created to guide to ensure that the district is subdivided to a high standard, providing good amenities for new and existing residents.
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Commercial Design Guide
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Good urban design is fundamental to the creation of successful towns.

The Council anticipates that new development will be of a high standard, providing good amenity for new and existing residents alike.

The Council is producing a number of documents to outline how well designed development can make our townships better and more pleasant places to live and provide a range of housing and lifestyle choices.

The Council signed the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol in September 2008. The Protocol has been produced by the Ministry for the Environment and aims to make New Zealand’s towns and cities more attractive and successful through quality urban design.

The Council has the following Urban Design Policies and Documents:

Urban Design Action Plan

The Urban Design Action Plan has been produced as part of Council’s commitments under the Urban Design Protocol.  It outlines how we intend to make sure our townships are vibrant and attractive places as they grow.  It was adopted by Council on 11 February 2009.

Subdivision Design Guide - 2010 New Zealand Planning Institute Best Practice Award Winner

The Design Guide for Residential Subdivision in the Urban Living Zones was adopted by Council on 23 September 2009.

It outlines ways to design attractive subdivisions which make the best use of their surroundings and context. It provides guidance for developers on how the Council will use its discretion in the assessment of applications.

The Subdivision Design Guide compliments Plan Change 7 to the Selwyn District Plan, which manages the development of Greenfield sites in Lincoln and Rolleston.

The Documents:

Commercial Design Guide - 2012 New Zealand Planning Institute Best Practice Award Winner

The Commercial Design Guide [PDF, 3173 KB] is a guide to high quality and attractive commercial development and complements Plan Change 29.

For further information please contact the Duty Planner on phone 0800 SELWYN (735 996) or email