Have Your Say

Proposed Ashburton Library and Civic Centre 


A new, modern Civic Centre is coming soon for Ashburton District residents that will serve our dynamic and growing district for the next 50 years.​

It is one of the biggest projects to happen in our district, and will be here for many years to come. We need your help to get this project right, and future-proof this important community asset. 

What is this about?

Ashburton District Council has been working towards a new Ashburton Library and Civic Centre for our community for a number of years. The current buildings are no longer fit for purpose and are considered to be an earthquake risk. Left in its current state, the Library will close its doors in 2022. We have discovered that the money needed to build a joint Ashburton Library and Civic Centre (which was budgeted in the Long Term Plan 2018-28 as $22 million) is not enough to build the new facility. Costs of construction have risen significantly since that figure was estimated in 2016, earthquake building standards have increased, and the available information at the time did not adequately account for the space that will be needed in the building.

More money is needed to build the Ashburton Library and Civic Centre. Four library options were available to choose from, each with their own features and cost. Included in these options is one that is vastly different from what was agreed on in the Long Term Plan 2018-28: two separate buildings for the Library and Civic Centre instead of a combined one.

Submissions on the proposed Ashburton Library and Civic Centre closed at 5pm, Sunday 14 April 2019.​ Thank you to everyone who submitted their feedback. 

View the submissions received ​​

Long-Term Plan

Consultation on the Draft Long-Term Plan closed at 5pm, Monday 14 May 2018. Hearings took place in the Council Chambers, 2 Baring Square East, Ashburton on 28 - 29 May, 2018. Council have approved the final LTP 2018 – 28.

Every household received a consultation booklet with all the information needed to make a submission. This was sent out as an insert in The Ashburton Courier on Thursday 26 April. 

If you have any questions about the Long-Term Plan, please get in touch with Council on (03) 307 7700  (24 hours) or email communityplanning@adc.govt.nz 

Community Meetings

Council hosted a series of ‘Our Place Community Meetings’ around the district during April and May. The aim of these meetings was to provide residents with the opportunity to learn more about the LTP before giving feedback.

Community meetings were held in several hot spots around the district.