The Ashburton District Council's plans for what will happen in the district over the next 10 years, including what projects and activities it will fund, is now official after the Council adopted the Long Term Plan 2018-28 at its meeting today.
The Plan, which was developed in close collaboration with the community through the SOLGM award-winning Our Place campaign, sets out how the Council will work to meet the community's needs moving forward, and support Ashburton as the district of choice for lifestyle and opportunity.
Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel says, "This plan is the result of a number of conversations we've had with the community. Council has listened intently to peoples' thoughts and ideas, and I'm very pleased that the plan we have adopted today is a reflection of our community's priorities."
Roading and infrastructure, two of the key issues identified in the Our Place campaign run in 2017 will see significant funding invested in their operations. Visitors to the EA Networks Centre will also benefit in the coming decade, with a climbing wall, extension to the Learn to Swim Pool, enhanced splash deck area, an indoor court extension and sportsfield development all included in the Long Term Plan.
"Affordability and fairness for ratepayers has been a big consideration in our plan and the Council has worked exceptionally hard to keep rate increases as low as possible. The rate rise for the 2018/19 year will be 4.5 per cent, which is significantly lower than the 9.7 per cent figure we began with at the start of this process.
"I'd like to extend a very big thank you to everyone who took part in the Our Place campaign and submitted feedback on the draft plan. We would not have been able to develop something that so strongly alligns with what our community cares about without your contribution," Mayor Favel adds.
All submitters to the LTP will receive a personal response from Council within the next three weeks. The Ashburton District Long Term Plan 2018-28 is now available online and printed copies will be available in late July.