Funding approved for Domain Development Plans

Ashburton District Council yesterday approved funding for Development Plans for the Ashburton and Tinwald Domains, which will help structure the Domains’ future development over a 20 - 30 year lifespan.

Council approved expenditure from the reserves contributions fund of up to $30,000 and $15,000, respectively for the Ashburton and Tinwald Domain plans, helping to ensure two of the district’s most prominent parks and gardens continue to develop with community needs and are enhanced in an efficient and effective manner for residents and visitors.

“It’s important that we are able to establish a strategic vision for the future of the Domains that encompasses a variety of factors, such as access, how people use them and their features. Getting these plans in place will help ensure the development of the Domains is coordinated so that we can maximise value for the community,” Council Open Spaces Manager David Askin says.

“Both Council and the community take great pride in our open spaces, particularly the Domains and we want them to continue being an attractive asset for years to come.” 

A Development Plan for the Tinwald Domain has been administered by the Tinwald Reserve Board since 2010, and Mr Askin says the funding will be used to review and update the plan to reflect changing aspirations of the Reserve Board and the recently established Plains Museum Trust.

“Some initial investigation and stakeholder meetings were carried out in 2014 and 2015 on possible enhancements at the Ashburton Domain, and with this funding, we’d like to draw these ideas together and consider the wider context of the Domain, the town and district, and create a draft Development Plan for further community consultation.”

With funding now approved, Council will seek to engage landscape architects to continue developing the plans. ​

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Page reviewed: 02 Feb 2018 4:59pm