Walking and Cycling Strategy
We are refreshing our Walking and Cycling Strategy to reflect the work that has been undertaken since the 2008 version.
Walking and cycling are activities enjoyed by many in our district. The benefits are vast, from the health benefits of increased exercise, through to creating more lively and connected communities. The draft strategy provides a framework for making walking and cycling (for transport and recreation) safer and more attractive, with the aim of increasing the number of people using the walking and cycling network. In the context of this draft strategy, walking includes the use of mobility aids and devices such as scooters and skateboards.
We now want to hear from the community about if we have the priorities of the draft strategy right.
Walking and Cycling Consultation document
Walking and Cycling Strategy documentWe accepted feedback on the proposals in November 2020
Feedback closed Monday 30 November.
for submissions received.
Long Term Plan 2021-2031
Baring Square East Project
These are the key changes
- Development of Baring Square East as a one-way slow street (30 km/hour) with pedestrian-friendly access and some short-term parking for visitors
- Creating a ‘civic plaza’ linkage between Baring Square East and the entrance to the Ashburton Library and Civic Centre
- Replacing the existing mix of different types of paving with basalt paving to enhance the look of the area
- Raising the water feature stepping slabs so they are the same level as the surrounding paving
- Upgrading the existing timber seats to blend in with the Library and Civic Centre
- Simplifying the planting in Baring Square.
Draft Rates Remission Policy
Draft Revenue & Financing Policy
We are reviewing its Revenue & Financing Policy and are proposing some changes. This policy sets out how we as a Council charge for the services we provide. The key issues we are consulting on include how we fund:
- Elderly Persons Housing
- Stockwater Management, and
We are also looking at some rating boundary changes, the most notable being extensions for our Solid Waste collection service.
We want to know what you think about our proposed policy – this is your chance to have your say in how we charge rates in the district. The consultation is closed.
Watch the online Stockwater Rate Q&A here..
Draft Development and Financial Contributions
Ashburton continues to be a growing district with our forecast to grow to 43,449 by 2048. Council must make sure that essential assets and services can cope with growing demand. At the same time, fairly allocating the costs of growth between existing users and new developments. The development and financial contributions policy is the tool available to Council to achieve fair shares in the allocation of capital expenditure for growth.
The latest review proposes:
- Increases in development contributions that reflect the level of current and future expenditure on assets for growth
- Changes to rules on capacity credits to give property owners more time to redevelop vacant or earthquake-prone or buildings without losing credits from previous use.
- Changes to the trigger for requiring a DC so that the Policy is consistent with Council’s practice around network extensions.
We want to know if you agree with our proposed Policy – this is your chance to have your say. The consultation is closed.
Hearings for those who wish to speak to their submission will be held on Tuesday 18 August 2020.
Phase one report
Draft Ashburton Domain Development Plan
The Ashburton Domain is an important and much-loved space for both residents and visitors to our area. This is why we have developed a plan for the Ashburton Domain for the next 30 years.
To develop our plan, we consulted with the community, receiving feedback on our draft version from 28 February to 5 July 2020. 164 written submission were received. On 10 August 2020 we held hearings, with 23 submitters appearing in person.
For details of the draft plan that we consulted with the community on, see the documents below:
Our draft plan covers what improvements we think should happen over the next 30 years, with the aim to:
• celebrate the waterway,
• create a cohesive play environment,
• increase access from the town, and
• establish a Central Hub at the heart of the Domain.
On Friday 28 February we opened consultation on our proposed plan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, consultation was extended, closing Sunday 5 July.
Hearings for those who wish to speak to their submission will be held on Monday 10 August 2020.
We received 164 submissions, with 40 submitters requesting to speak to Council at the hearing. See here for the submissions received.
For details of the plan, see the documents below:
We also developed a video for the consultation which explains some key projects of the draft plan.
District speed limit review
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearings and deliberations were delayed until 22 June 2020, where 14 submitters presented in person at the hearing.
Following consideration of all of the feedback, a number of changes were made to the original proposal, with the final speed limits adopted 13 August 2020.
Adopted speed limits
Ashton Beach Enhancement Project
This project is to enhance Council’s land at Ashton Beach. We developed two options for works to occur at the site.
Fence the entire donga area and replace the existing boundary fence to protect the important biodiversity on Council land within the area.
Fence the riskiest part of the donga area and replace the existing boundary fence to protect the important biodiversity on Council land within the area.
To view the full details along with a map of the proposed fences, view the consultation flyer here
Feedback closed 7 February 2020, and we are now considering this feedback.
Rakaia Salmon Site Enhancement Project
View the site plan here.
You can view the feedback here
Proposed Ashburton Library and Civic Centre
What is this about?
Proposed Climate Change Policy
Proposed Surface Water Strategy 2018
Council prepared a draft Surface Water Strategy to detail how we will work with our community and other organisations to make our vision to sustainably manage our surface water resources a reality.
- Defines "surface water" as lakes, rivers, springs, wetlands, rainfall and Council's water race network;
- Provides information on the surface water systems Council manages and current work Council undertakes;
- Identifies key issues around surface water management for consideration;
- Sets out how Council will work with the community and stakeholders; and
- Identifies activities Council will do over the next 10 years.
Draft Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw
Solid waste collection and disposal is a core service Councils provide to their communities. Under the Local Government Act 2002, Councils have the authority to make bylaws to protect the public from nuisance and to protect, promote and maintain public health and safety. Council's old Solid Waste Bylaw was last adopted in 2012 and became out of date in 2018.
The bylaw enables Council to achieve its Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) goals, reduce the environmental harm of waste and ensure the health and safety of waste collectors, operators and the public is protected.
In general, the proposed Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw supports
- Implementation of Council's Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2016;
- Regulation of collection, transport and processing of waste;
- A registration system for waste collectors and operators;
- Protection of health and safety of waste collectors, waste operators and the public; and
- Management of litter and nuisance in public places.
Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Project
Council welcomed feedback from the community on our plans to help revitalise the Ashburton Central Business District (CBD). Through this project, we are seeking to reinforce the importance of the CBD, reclaim retail spend for our district, and attract businesses back to the commercial centre.
Click here to view the Ashburton CBD Streetscape Renewal Issues and Options Report
Learn more about the Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Project
Representation Review 2018
About the Review
- review the electoral system to be used; and
- consider whether to establish a Māori Ward for Ashburton District.
|Decision on Electoral System (FPP or STV)|| By 12 September 2017|
|Decision on whether to establish Maori Wards|| By 23 November 2017|
| "Initial" proposal made|
No earlier than 1 March 2018 or by 31 August 2018 if establishing Maori wards
Not less than one month after public notice. If no submissions, proposal becomes "final"
|If submissions – consider and may amend proposal. "Final" proposal publicly notified|
Within 6 weeks of closing date for submissions
|Appeals and objections close|
Not less than one month after date of public notice. Not later than 20 December 2018
|If no appeals or objections, proposal becomes "final"|
Public notice given where no appeals and/or objections – no fixed date
|If appeals/objections – forward everything to Local Government Commission (LGC )|
As soon as practical, but no later than 15 January 2019.
Draft Long-Term Plan 2018-28
For this LTP asked for your feedback on five big projects:
- Our Roading Network
- Our Transportation Upgrades – Second Urban Bridge
- Our Water – Future Planning
- Our Recreation – EA Networks Centre Development
- Our Economy – Economic Development Strategy.
Consultation on the Draft Long-Term Plan closed at 5pm, Monday 14 May 2018. Thank you to everyone who submitted their feedback.