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 started on Cass Street first, followed by Tancred, Burnett and Moore Streets, before finishing up on East Street and Havelock Street.
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 media
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.