Current consultation


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ashburton District Council engages with the community on a range of Council matters and projects through consultation and feedback.

Including community views as part of decision-making processes is an important way of ensuring residents can participate in decisions that impact on the current and future wellbeing of the community.

Current council projects and matters you can provide comment and feedback on are displayed below.​​​​​​


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 are 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. Tell us which library you think Ashburton needs for our future. The options overleaf include the total cost of building the Ashburton Library and Civic Centre, not just the Library itself.

We are inviting feedback until 5pm, Sunday 14 April 2019.​

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

What are the options?​

Option one – Do Preferred  Preferred Option, Build to our need
​Total Cost: $45 Million

What residents get: As part of this joint Library and Civic Centre facility, residents will enjoy a modern library, complete with a children’s discovery centre; parenting room; teen space; lounge and study space for group study with internet access computers; video and audio studio for film and music; two small meeting spaces; activity space; customer service and welcome area; and staff facilities.​

Option two - Do more​
Total Cost: $53 Million

What residents get: This is a considerably larger library than ‘Option one’ that would comfortably provide space for future generations. Along with the features in ‘Option one’ above, residents will also have a performance and event space (with tiered seating); larger meeting rooms with a kitchen (available outside opening hours); and the design will have enhanced energy efficiency and cost saving features.​

Option three – Do less​
Total Cost: $41 Million

What residents get: This is a considerably smaller library than ‘Option one’ and does not have the space a community our size is recommended to need. The key features from ‘Option one’ that residents would NOT have in this option are a teen space; lounge and study areas that include group study and internet access computers; and activity spaces that include a learning centre, activity space, video and audio studio for film and music; and two small meeting rooms.​

Option four – Do different   |  Build the Civic Centre and strengthen the current Library​
Total Cost: $39 Million

What residents get: A new Civic Centre on Baring Square East, and a strengthened Library at its current Havelock Street location. Residents won’t have a new library, and the Library and Civic Centre will be in two different locations. There is a risk that once renovations start on the Library building, unforeseen problems could arise and increase costs. The Library would be uninhabitable for up to 10 months. There would be a loss of money to help pay for the new Civic Centre as we won’t be able to sell the Havelock Street property. Importantly, the strengthened Library would miss the opportunity to be incorporated into the CBD revitalisation, and there is a real concern that this option could end up more expensive than the preferred ‘Option one’.​

Learn more and provide feedback​

For important information about how each of the four options will be paid for, what features will be included in our Civic Centre and a more comprehensive breakdown of features in the four Library options, read or download the Proposed Ashburton Library and Civic Centre Consultation Document.​ You can also pick up a copy from the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton. This document includes a submission form that can be used to share
your feedback. Once filled out this can be handed in at the Council office, emailed to
or freeposted to:

Ashburton District Council 
Our Place Our Future
Freepost 230444
PO Box 94
Ashburton 7740​

Alternatively, fill out an online submission form​ or make a submission over the phone on (03) 307 7700. Submissions close at 5pm, Sunday 14 April 2019.​

View the submissions received 

Community Meetings and Drop-in Day​s

We will be holding two community drop-in days and two community meetings to discuss the proposals.​

​​Thank you for being part of this important community project!

Proposed Climate Change Policy 

Council are now inviting feedback on its proposed Climate Change Policy. Submissions close on Friday 5 April 2019.

View the statement of proposal document​ ​which includes the draft Policy, related information​ and a freepost submission form. Alternatively, you can pick one up from the following locations:

  • Ashburton District Council, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton
  • Ashburton Public Library, H​avelock Street, Ashburton
  • Ashburton Art Gallery & Heritage Centre, State Highway 1, Ashburton
  • EA Network Centre, 20 River Terrace, Ashburton.
  • Hinds On the Spot, Peters Street, Hinds
  • Mayfield Udder Dairy, State Highway 72, Mayfield
  • Methven i-SITE, Main Street, Methven
  • Rakaia Mobil, State Highway 1, Rakaia

Submissions can be emailed to or fill out the online submission form​.

Written submissions can be posted to: 
Ashburton District Council, PO Box 94, Ashburton 7740; or delivered to the Council office or Ashburton Public Library, Havelock Street, Ashburton.​

View the submissions received.

Get in touch with us if​ you have any further enquires on (03) 307 7700.

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District Plan changes

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Notified planning applications

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Page reviewed: 15 Mar 2019 12:00am