Central Business District

Last year, the Ashburton District Council ran the ‘It’s Our Place’ campaign to encourage a conversation between Council and the community about the future of our district. From the feedback Council received, high on the priority list for you was the redevelopment of our town centre. 

Council had been working on solutions to redevelop and futureproof our CBD, even before it was significantly changed by the Canterbury earthquake. The Town Centre Working Group is now leading the Streetscape Revitalisation project. Some of the major initiatives in the plan include creating 30km/h speed limit zones within key areas; developing a more cycle and pedestrian-friendly environment; and improving parking in the CBD.

Recently, the Council asked for your feedback about the proposed changes and we have been pleased that the majority of residents were supportive. Two-thirds of submitters supported the overall proposals for revitalising the CBD. The installation of sensors throughout the CBD and a trial of free, time-limited parking was an idea backed by the majority of residents who submitted responses. 

The Ashburton District Youth Forum also provided some great ideas about what we can do within the CBD to better serve our community. This included designing more entertainment spaces for youth activities, providing free public WIFI, creating spaces to display work by local artists, and brightening up the CBD by painting existing seating and adding more street and festive lighting.

I’d like to thank those that submitted their feedback. It will be used to develop the final Ashburton CBD Streetscape Revitalisation Plan, which will be presented to Council 20 September 2018

Page reviewed: 16 Aug 2018 2:25pm