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Changes to District Plan

Ashburton District Plan: Plan Change 4

Ashburton District Council has prepared Plan Change 4 to its Operative District Plan (2014). The change covers the following areas:​

  • Amendments to the Objectives and Policies of the Business Section (5.4) to reinforce and strengthen the role of the Town Centre (Business A) for commercial activity
  • Amendments to the Rules of the Business Section (5.8) to manage various types of business activities, including introducing thresholds as to the range and extent of commercial activities enabled to locate within particular Business Zones.
  • Amendments to the definition of commercial Activities and associates sub-groups to improve clarity and certainty as to the range of activities provided in each of the respective Business Zones.

  • Notified on 4 November 2020
  • Submissions closed on 4 December 2020
  • Summary of Submissions notified on 27 January 2021
  • Further Submissions closed on 11 February 2021

Further Submissions

The period for further submissions closed on Thursday 11 February 2021. Two submissions were received, which can be viewed below:

The period for further submissions was publicly notified in the Ashburton Guardian on 27 January 2021 and in the Ashburton Courier on 28 January 2021.


Public submissions on Plan Change 4 closed at 5pm on Friday 4 December 2020. Five submissions were received in relation to Plan Change 4 and can be viewed below:

Public Notification

The Plan Change was publicly notified in Ashburton Guardian newspaper on 4 November 2020 and Ashburton Courier newspaper on 5 November 2020.

Proposed Plan Change Documents


For further information regarding this plan change, please contact Laura Connor by  Email: or phone: 03 307 7700​

​Ashburton District Plan: Private Plan Change 3​

Farmers Corner Development Limited has lodged a private plan change request with the Council. The plan change request relates to 21.0449 hectares of land located on the corner of State Highway 1 and Longbeach Road, Tinwald. The request seeks to insert a new ‘Rural Tourism Zone’ chapter into the Ashburton District Plan to provide for the continuation of, and expansion to, tourism activities on the site, guided by an Outline Development Plan (ODP).  

Notified on 30 January 2020

Submissions closed on 27 February 2020

Summary of Submissions notified on 7 May 2020

Further submissions closed on 22 May 2020

Hearing to be held Tuesday 8 September 2020

Hearing closed 25 September 2020

Decision notified 4 November 2020​

Operative Status 29 January 2021

Public Notice Operative Status

A public notice was advertised on 20 January 2021 in the Ashburton Guardian and 21 January 2021 identifying that no appeals were received on Plan Change 3 and that the provision will become fully operative on 29 January 2021.

Notification of Decision

Council resolved at its meeting held on 29 October 2020 to accept the Commissioner’s recommendation on Private Plan Change 3 as its formal decision. Council’s decision to accept the request, has been publicly notified, which provides an opportunity for submitters on Plan Change 3 to lodge an appeal. A copy of the public notice and the Commissioner’s recommendation is below.

Submitters Supporting Information​

Applicant's Evidence ​

The following Applicant's Evidence has been provided and circulated to submitters who wish to be heard and the Commissioner​ for consideration at the hearing.​

Officer’s s42A Report

The following Officer’s S42A report has been prepared and circulated to submitters who wish to be heard ​and the Commissioner for consideration at the hearing.​


Public submissions on Plan Change 3 closed at 5pm on Thursday 27th February 2020. Eleven submissions were received in relation to plan Change 3 and can be viewed below:


The application and supporting documents are listed below: ​


For further information regarding this plan change, please contact Laura Connor by
Email: or phone: 03 307 7700​​

​​Application to remove a heritage item from the District Plan Schedule

Currently, the Ashburton District Plan lists the ​Peter Cates Grain Store at 229-241 West Street, Ashburton in its Schedule of Heritage buildings/items (H9, Appendix 12.1). The application, which follows, seeks to remove that listing on the basis that its current owner is unable to make an economic return given the costs of retaining and refurbishing the building to rentable state.

The application has been made to the Environment Court under section 85 of the Resource Management Act. It follows an earlier application for resource consent to demolish the building that was declined by the Council (LUC15/0006). An appeal by the current owner against that decision was subsequently withdrawn prior to the lodging of the section 85 application.

While the application is to be heard by the Environment Court, the Council has been asked to 'host' the application, along with any submissions and hearing documents, including any minutes and directions from the Court, on its website. Accordingly, all documents relevant to the application will be posted below and may be accessed by any party or the general public.

If you have any queries regarding the application, please contact the applicant (C/- the address for service in the application), or the Environment Court Registrar at Christchurch regarding the lodging of submissions.​

Section 85 Application:

​​The following ​responses ​to the public notice ​​have been received

Expert witness evidence

Supplementary Evidence

​​Conferencing Statements​

Rebuttal Evidence​

Resource consents​​​

There is no notified resource consents being processed at this time.

​​Resource Consents granted 

State of the Environment Reporting

Read about State of the Environment Reporting​ undertaken in 2017 and 2018.​