Residents are being invited to have their say on Ashburton District Council's draft Annual Plan, Waste Minimisation and Management Plan and the Open Spaces Strategy.
View all Draft Document submissions received.
Draft Annual Plan
Over the next month, Council will be consulting on its proposed work programme and budget for the coming year.
As well as Council's planned work, the draft Annual Plan outlines the level of funding required from rates. The overall rate requirement Council needs to fund its work programme will increase for current ratepayers by 3.3 percent, which is lower than the projected rate increase of 4.5 percent identified in the long term plan.
In 2016-17, work will continue on the feasibility study for the proposed new Civic Offices and Library Facilities Building(s). Council will also continue to investigate the most cost effective options for the kerbside rubbish and recycling collection service due to start in July 2017.
Community meetings will be held in six townships to give people an opportunity to learn about Council's proposal for the coming year and to ask questions and request information. Feedback on the Annual Plan can be provided until 15 May 2016.
Mayor Angus McKay said it is important for residents to feed back to the council about any questions or concerns they may have with the Annual Plan. "This is an important part of the democratic process," Mr McKay said.
The Annual Plan consultation document will be delivered in next week's District Diary and will be available on the Council's website from Friday 15 April until 5pm Sunday 15 May. Consultation on the Council's Draft Annual Plan also closes at 5pm on Sunday 15 May.
View the Annual Plan Consultation here.
Draft Waste Minimisation and Management Plan
Whether you are a homeowner, renting a property or running a business in the Ashburton District, these waste-related proposals will affect you.
The way Council manages the district's recycling, composting, kerbside collection, rural drop off centres, public rubbish bins and business waste practices are just some of the topics discussed in this plan, which is open for consultation until 15 May 2016.
Stuart Wilson, Chair of the Council's Service Delivery Committee, says he encourages residents to read the document and feed back into the process any questions or concerns they may have.
"Every six years the Council is required to produce an updated plan that proposes how it will manage the district's waste. This is a legal requirement under the Waste Management Act 2008 (WMA08)," Mr Wilson said.
"Although the majority of the responsibility for managing waste in our district lies with the Council, long-term improvements also rely on the wider community's ongoing commitment to better handling waste," he added.
The Waste Minimisation and Management consultation document will be delivered in next week's District Diary and will be available on the Council's website from Friday 15 April until 5pm Sunday 15 May. Consultation on the Council's Waste Minimisation and Management Plan also closes at 5pm on Sunday 15 May.
View Waste Minimisation and Management Plan Consultation here.
Draft Open Spaces Strategy
Residents are being invited to have their say on Ashburton District Council's draft Open Spaces Strategy.
The document details the Council's actions over the next 10 years to ensure open space is provided in a way that meets the needs of the community; responds to changes in the environment; and enhances the natural environment.
The Open Spaces Strategy replaces the Council's Neighbourhood Open Spaces Strategy 2002 that applied only to the Ashburton township and has been made less effective through a series of residential re-zonings in the last 14 years.
Stuart Wilson, Chair of the Council's Service Delivery Committee, said that while the Council is responsible for implementing the OSS, the community needs to be involved and support its efforts to guarantee the long-term sustainability of the district's open spaces.
"It's important that locals have their say on how they want their open spaces managed. Our community needs diverse open-air environments where we can live, work and play - it's one of the reasons Ashburton is such a great place to live," Mr Wilson said.
The Open Spaces Strategy consultation document will be delivered in next week's District Diary and will be available on the Council's website from Friday 15 April until 5pm Sunday 15 May. Consultation on the Council's Draft Annual Plan also closes at 5pm on Sunday 15 May.
View the Open Spaces Strategy Consultation here.