The Ashburton Central Business District (CBD) is experiencing redevelopment and Council is supporting investment and encourage revitalisation in this area through a significant regeneration of the streets, pavements, furniture and landscaping in the CBD.
Key changes are:
The creation of 30km/h speed limit zone in the area bound by East, Moore, Cass and Havelock Streets
A pedestrian and cycle-friendly environment
New lighting and street furniture (for example park benches and seating areas)
Landscaping, such as more trees, new plantings and rain gardens that provide environmental benefits
Changes to parking including:
- Installation of sensors throughout this part of the CBD and a provision of free, time-restricted parking.
- P60 parking for East, Burnett and Tancred Streets, P120 for Havelock, Cass and Moore Streets, and change the P120 in the West Street car park to P180.
What is happening and when?
Construction work to upgrade the town centre streetscapes began on Monday, 27 January 2020 and is expected to take two years to complete. The work is being carried out by the Council's contractor, Tru-Line Civil.
Tru-Line Civil will replace and upgrade the CBD's drinking, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure; construct new road and footpath surfaces; and install new landscape features such as more trees, new plantings, rain gardens, new lighting and street furniture.
Work commenced on Cass, Moore and Tancred Streets and was mostly completed by the end of 2020. In 2021 Burnett and East Streets will be the main focus of the work. Havelock Street upgrades will be delayed until after the completion of the new Library and Civic Centre building.
The upgrades will be in line with the concept designs developed with the assistance of Abley Transportation Consultants that were consulted on with the community in 2018. Design schemes developed by AECOM in association with Jasmax were completed in September 2019.
The plans for the CBD are exciting and include more trees, and new furniture, sustainability and environmental measures such as low energy LED lighting and rain gardens to filter stormwater. Some examples of what you can expect are in the pictures below.
In the mediaCass Street road seal starting next week - Ashburton CBD
- Friday 28 August, 2020
Cass Street trees to be removed and replaced
- Thursday 13 August, 2020Cass Street road closures starting this week - Ashburton CBD
- Tuesday 11 August, 2020
One-way street system starting on Burnett and Tancred Streets - Ashburton CBD
- Tuesday 28 July, 2020
Moore-Cass Street intersection closing to through-traffic again next week
- Friday 24 July, 2020
Moore and Cass Street intersection closed to through-traffic next week
- Friday 17 July, 2020
Night crews helping to minimise disruption during CBD upgrades
- Monday 13 July, 2020
Above ground upgrades starting next week in Ashburton CBD
- Thursday 12 March, 2020
Cass Street revitalisation progressing on track
- Wednesday 5 February, 2020
Contract awarded for Ashburton town centre revitalisation - Wednesday 8 January, 2020
Road markings signal start of CBD revitalisation work - Monday 21 October, 2019
Ashburton CBD revitalisation becoming reality - Wednesday 17 July, 2019Council to reconsider removal of East Street water feature - Friday 5 July, 2019
Plans for Ashburton CBD revitalisation to be discussed at Council meeting - Monday 24 June, 2019
Work progressing on town centre revitalisation - Friday 2 March, 2019
Council seeking feedback on CBD revitalisation project - Tuesday 22 May, 2018
Council to seek feedback on town revitalisation - Thursday 5 April, 2018
Ashburton Developed Design
Ashburton CBD Streetscape Renewal Issues and Options Report
Stay up-to-date with the project
Council adopted the Town Centre Concept Plan 2009
which set a broad framework for improvements in the Ashburton CBD. The plan acknowledged that these improvements would be gradual and that flexibility was important to accommodate a range of new initiatives and developments. This plan has since fed into other plans and projects, including the District Plan and the current redevelopment.
We now have a Town Centre Subcommittee who have been leading the Streetscape Revitalisation project on behalf of Council. The role of this subcommittee is to oversee revitalisation initiatives, transportation and cycleway initiatives, festive lighting and parking in the CBD.
Still, need more info?
The Canterbury earthquakes have resulted in significant changes to the face of the town centre, as buildings have required strengthening work or demolition. This redevelopment has given us an opportunity to support investment and encourage the revitalisation of the CBD.
In 2017, the 'Our Place' campaign we ran helped to encourage a conversation between Council and the community about the district's future. People gave us really valuable feedback about their priorities, and the fourth most important priority to them was the development of the town centre.