Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS) HIA

The Greater Christchurch UDS is a community-based collaborative project to manage the impact of urban development and population growth within the Greater Christchurch area.

The Greater Christchurch UDS is a community-based collaborative project to manage the impact of urban development and population growth within the Greater Christchurch area. It involves four local authorities, central government and local business and community leaders who meet regularly as the UDS Forum.

The UDS was subject to an HIA led by the District Health Board’s Community and Public Health staff. Christchurch City Council also played a key role.

The HIA focused on five determinants of health agreed by participants – air and water quality, social connectedness, housing and transport. A separate workstream focused on developing an engagement process with local Māori around the UDS. The HIA facilitated meaningful participation by Māori in the UDS, an outcome that had previously been unsuccessful.

The HIA report has been accepted by the UDS Forum and has been incorporated as a working document into the strategy planning process. As a result, population health outcomes have become a key focus of the UDS (Stevenson 2006). In addition, the Christchurch City Council has seconded a public health registrar to continue public health oversight of council proposals.

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