The Prime Minister says elections for Canterbury regional councillors could be held in 2015, but consultation will be held beforehand.
The Government appointed seven commissioners to replace the 14 elected councillors after a critical external report on how the council was being run, in 2010.
John Key said a discussion document on the council will be released before the end of the year.
"People will have a chance to actually give their say about how democracy should be restored when it comes to ECAN here in Christchurch. I think realistically there are two options - one is totally democratically elected councillors or a mixture of the two for a period of time."
Mr Key said the Government would like to see democracy restored to the council.