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.​

Draft Rates Remission Policy

Council is looking to amend its Rates Remission Policy for 2020/21. The policy currently allows ratepayers to receive a rate penalty write off once in a 24 month period.

Given the current economic uncertainty from the impact of COVID-19, Council is proposing to waive the "once in 24 months" rule for the 2020/21 financial year. This means that ratepayers will be able to apply to the Council to have a rate penalty waived even if the Council has already waived a penalty for them in the past 24 months.

This consultation is only on  the rates penalty remissions. Submission on other aspects of the policy will be considered as part of the next full review of the Policy. 

Please complete the form here to provide your feedback.

We encourage you to have a look at the following supporting information: ​
Consultation document - Rates Remission Policy​​
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
  • Wastewater 
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 are developing a plan for the Ashburton Domain for the next 30 years.

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.

Councillors will discuss the feedback received through the consultation on Tuesday 11 August. A report will then go to the Community Services committee held on 27 August 2020, with Council making a final decision on the plan at their meeting held 24 September 2020. Following this, anyone who submitted and provided contact details will receive a letter explaining the decisions made by Council.​

​District speed limit review​

We are reviewing the speed limits of local roads throughout the district to ensure they are safe and appropriate. The review excludes State Highways as these are managed by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

A summary of the locations where the speed limits are proposed to change is available in our consu​ltation document, or see the maps and road descriptions below.​

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this review was delayed by a few months, with a decision from Council now due by the end of August 2020.​

If you have any further questions, please contact 03 307 7700 or

​​Current alcohol licence applications

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