​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​State of the Environment Reporting ​

Read about State of the Environment Reporting​ undertaken in 2017 and 2018.​

Changes to District Plan

​​Application to remove a heritage item from the District Plan Schedule

Currently, the Ashburton District Plan lists the ​Peter Cates Grain Store at 229-241 West Street, Ashburton in its Schedule of Heritage buildings/items (H9, Appendix 12.1). The application, which follows, seeks to remove that listing on the basis that its current owner is unable to make an economic return given the costs of retaining and refurbishing the building to rentable state.

The application has been made to the Environment Court under section 85 of the Resource Management Act. It follows an earlier application for resource consent to demolish the building that was declined by the Council (LUC15/0006). An appeal by the current owner against that decision was subsequently withdrawn prior to the lodging of the section 85 application.

While the application is to be heard by the Environment Court, the Council has been asked to 'host' the application, along with any submissions and hearing documents, including any minutes and directions from the Court, on its website. Accordingly, all documents relevant to the application will be posted below and may be accessed by any party or the general public.

If you have any queries regarding the application, please contact the applicant (C/- the address for service in the application), or the Environment Court Registrar at Christchurch regarding the lodging of submissions.​

Section 85 Application: Part 1 and Part 2
Cates Annex 7
Cates Annex 8
Cates Annex 9
Cates Annex 10
Cates Annex 11
Cates Annex 12
C​ates Annex 13
Cates Annex 14
Cates Annex 15

Public Notice
Form 37
Minutes from Environment Court​ - 8 February
Minutes from Environment Court - 14 March

​​The following ​responses ​to the public notice ​​have been received

N. Gilkison
M. Hanrahan
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Historic Places Mid Canterbury
M. Watson

Expert witness evidence

Ashburton District Council (Baird)
Ashburton District Council (Fletcher)
N. Gilkison
M. Hanrahan
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (Rykers)
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (Whybrew)
Historic Places Mid Canterbury
M. Watson

Notice of Requirement​

Ashburton District Council, has received a Notice of Requirement for a designation for 'the Designation of Land for a dog recreation area for use by the general public'. 

The Notice of Requirement is sought for the construction, operation and maintenance of a dog recreation area, and associated parking and landscaping collectively referred to as the Methven Dog Park. The proposed designation would allow for the informal recreation and exercise of dogs and their owners during daylight hours.

The location of the works is the triangular piece of land to the north and west of the intersection of Dolma Street and Line Road in Methven (PT Lot 4 DP3835 BLK VII SPAXTON SD-SUBJ TO EASEMENT DP 78283).

If you wish to make a submission on this Notice of Requirement, you may do so by sending a written submission to the Planning Team, in accordance with Form 21 of the Resource Management (Forms, Fees and Procedures) Regulations 2003, Ashburton District Council, P.O. Box 94, Ashburton no later than 5pm, Friday 10 May 2019.

The Notice of Requirement and accompanying information and submission forms can be viewed at the offices of the Ashburton District Council, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton, during normal office hours, the Methven i-SITE and on our website below. Please contact Ian Hyde on (03) 307 7750 if you have any enquiries regarding this Notice of Requirement.

View the full Notice of Requirement 
Appendix A - Title Plan
Appendix B - Pre-consultation letter
Appendix C - Planting Plan
Appendix C - Planting Schedule 
Notice of Requirement submission form
View the Public Notice

Resource consents

​Braided River Jet Boating Ltd - LUC18/0094 & 102.2108.224​​

Application for resource consent, Upper Rangitata River
Section 95A of the Resource Management Act 1991

Submissions on this application closed at 5pm on 11 April 2019

The Ashburton and Timaru District Councils received the following applications for resource consent:

Applicant: Braided River Jet Boating Ltd
Address for Service: Ronald Clearwater, Braided River Jet Boating Ltd, 201 Geraldine – Arundel Road, RD22, Geraldine 7922 or by email at
Application number(s): LUC18/0094 & 102.2108.224
Location: Upper Rangitata River

Details of proposed activity:

Resource consent is sought to operate a commercial jet boat activity on the Rangitata River. The Rangitata River represents the boundary between the Ashburton and Timaru Districts and as such resource consent has been sought from both Councils.  The two Councils are processing the applications as a joint process similarly to as if there was one application.   

It is proposed to operate a six person jet boat on the river (1 driver plus 5 guests) for up to a maximum of four trips per day with an overall cap of 480 trips per year.  The activity will operate during daylight hours (up to a maximum of between 7am and 7pm), seven days a week. 

The activity will operate on the upper reaches of the Rangitata River and activities will be limited to from the top of the Rangitata Gorge up to the confluence of the Havelock and Clyde rivers.  It is noted that the river includes various branches within this area and as part of this the activity will go up to the confluence point but will also travel up another arm of the river up to the Deep Creek area towards Mount Sunday.  

Application (Ashburton District Council)
Application (Timaru District Council)
Section95​ Notification Assessment

Full details of the application can be viewed at:

·         Ashburton District Council, Ground Floor, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton
·         Timaru District Council, 2 King George Place, Timaru
·         Ashburton Library, 180 Havelock Street, Ashburton
·         Methven i-SITE, 160 Main Street, Methven
·         Rakaia Mobil Petrol Station, 50 Elizabeth Avenue , Rakaia
·         Geraldine Service Centre, 78 Talbot Street, Geraldine
·         Temuka Service Centre, 72-74 King Street, Temuka

If you have any queries about the application, please phone the consultant planner acting on behalf of the two Councils, Stewart Fletcher on 03 385 7638 or 021 0234 6903.​ Submissions on this application have closed. 

Ian Hyde                                                                              Gemma Conlon
District Planning Manager                                            Team Leader: Consents & Compliance

Resource Consents granted 

Click here​ to view the list of Resource Consents granted under delegated authority for the month of May

Page reviewed: 07 Jun 2019 12:17pm