Previous consultation


Proposed Ashburton Library and Civic Centre 

A new, modern Civic Centre is coming soon for Ashburton District residents that will serve our dynamic and growing district for the next 50 years.​

It is one of the biggest projects to happen in our district, and will be here for many years to come. We need your help to get this project right, and future-proof this important community asset. Help us decide what kind of public library Ashburton District residents will need as part of this significant project.

What is this about?

Ashburton District Council has been working towards a new Ashburton Library and Civic Centre for our community for a number of years. The current buildings are no longer fit for purpose and are considered to be an earthquake risk. Left in its current state, the Library will close its doors in 2022. We have discovered that the money needed to build a joint Ashburton Library and Civic Centre (which was budgeted in the Long Term Plan 2018-28 as $22 million) is not enough to build the new facility. Costs of construction have risen significantly since that figure was estimated in 2016, earthquake building standards have increased, and the available information at the time did not adequately account for the space that will be needed in the building.

More money is needed to build the Ashburton Library and Civic Centre. Four library options were available to choose from, each with their own features and cost. Included in these options is one that is vastly different from what was agreed on in the Long Term Plan 2018-28: two separate buildings for the Library and Civic Centre instead of a combined one.

NOTE: Image is an artist impression and the actual build may vary. The options presented are for the building only.​​

Proposed Climate Change Policy 

Ashburton District Council proposed to adopt a new policy to guide its approach to climate change issues affecting our District. 

View the submissions received​.​

Proposed Surface Water Strategy 2018

Council prepared a draft Surface Water Strate​gy​ 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.

The strategy:

  • 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 Proje​ct

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

We review​ed the current democratic representation arrangements in Ashburton District. As part of our pre-consultation review, we ran a survey to help our Council develop an initial proposal. 

About the Review

Representation Reviews are used to look at the best way to represent our district. This means looking at the number of councillors, the areas they represent, and the specific communities within the district.

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, all councils have to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. This is called the 'Representation Review'.

We last reviewed our representation arrangements in 2012, so it is now time for us to review our arrangements again before the 2019 election.

Prior to undertaking the representation review, we needed to undertake two related processes, which we did in 2017:

  • review the electoral system to be used; and
  • consider whether to establish a Māori Ward for Ashburton District.​

More information can be found by visiting the Local Government Commission’s website​.

Timetable ​

The timetable for the review is set by the Local Government Commission.  ​

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

Submissions close

 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​​​​​

Our Place is Ashburton District, the place we call home. We are proud to live, work and play in this awesome part of New Zealand.

We’re in the process of developing our next Long-Term Plan which sets out the vision for Our Place over the next ten years. We’ve developed a draft plan for the next ten years, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s, but now we need your help to make sure we are on the right track. We need you to let us know if we have it right or what you think needs changing. It is Our Place and Our Future, so let’s design it together. ​

For this LTP asked for your feedback on five big projects:
  1. Our Roading Network
  2. Our Transportation Upgrades – Second Urban Bridge
  3. Our Water – Future Planning
  4. Our Recreation – EA Networks Centre Development
  5. Our Economy – Economic Development Strategy.

Read the full draft Long-Term Plan​​​​

​Community Meetings 

Community meetings were held in the following hot spots around the district:​


Tuesday 17 April


Community Meeting Room, Council Chambers, 2 Baring Square East, Ashburton
6.30 – 8.30pm

Wednesday 18 April



Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Meeting Room, 160 Main Street, Methven
6.30 – 8.30pm

Monday 23 April


Hakatere Hall
6.30 – 8.30pm

Monday 30 April


Mayfield Memorial Hall, 
State Highway 72
6.30 – 8.30pm

Tuesday 1 May


Hinds Community Hall, 20 Rogers Street, Hinds
6.30 – 8.30pm

Wednesday 2 May


Rakaia Rugby Club,1 Elizabeth Ave, Rakaia
6.30 – 8.30pm

Wednesday 9 May


Community Meeting Room, Council Chambers, 2 Baring Square East, Ashburton
12.00 – 2.00pm ​​

​If you have any questions about the Draft Long-Term Plan, get in touch with us on (03) 307 7700 or email

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