Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy

An example of setting up a project management structure.

An effective project structure

The Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS) is a place-based growth plan for sustainable prosperity of this metropolitan area in New Zealand to 2041.

The project was initiated and funded by the partnership which included Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri and Selwyn district councils, Environment Canterbury (regional authority) and the national highways agency Transit New Zealand (now the New Zealand Transport Agency). It was managed by an executive governance group of chairs, mayors and councillors representing strategy partners - The UDS Forum.

The Forum also included appointed stakeholder representatives from public and private sector groups and an independent Chair. It was supported by a management team, made out of senior officer representatives from each of the strategy partners. Two independent project co-ordinators liaised between the Forum and the management team. The full project organisation provided continuity and ongoing leadership to the project.

This team was supplemented by a team of multidisciplinary external specialists with strong sustainability-based design skills, who led the design workshops and finalised project’s design outputs / reports. They were supported by many other institutional officers, non-governmental and technical private sector consultants.

Within each local authority area, non-technical public and private sector groups were invited to stakeholder focus group sessions, and the community was involved in large-scale public meetings.

Read our case study about the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy.

Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy: an effective project structure

Greater Christchurch UDS project organisation structure
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