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12 April 2018 - ADC - Consultation is now open for the Ashburton District Council’s draft Long-Term Plan 2018-28 (LTP) and residents now have a chance to have their say on the projects, services and activities Council is proposing to fund and provide over the next 10 years.

Ashburton District Councillors adopted the LTP consultation document, ‘Our Place – Our Plan’ today, and residents will be able to view the document and provide feedback until 14 May.

Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel says the LTP is the most important document for Council and the community, as it sets out what will happen in the district over the next decade and how those activities will be paid for.

“The LTP is our vision for the future of Our Place. Through this plan, we are seeking to continue making Ashburton District the district of choice for lifestyle and opportunity. This includes providing core services, making smart choices for the future and meeting our community’s needs.

“To make sure this plan is on the right track, we need feedback from residents. I encourage everyone to take a look through the ‘Our Place – Our Plan’ document and tell us what things they think we have right or what things they don’t agree with. This is your chance to have a say on the future of Our Place.”

The ‘Our Place – Our Plan’ consultation document will arrive in residents’ mailboxes inside the Ashburton Courier newspaper on 26 April. An online version of the document is now also available on the Council website.

The document includes five key issues facing the district that Council is seeking feedback on. These are Our Roading Network; Our Transportation – Second Urban Bridge; Our Water – Future Planning; Our Recreation – EA Networks Centre Development; and Our Economy – Economic Development Strategy.

Also included in the consultation is the Council’s 30 year strategic plan for infrastructure in the district.

The development of the draft LTP follows the ‘It’s Our Place’ campaign which ran in 2017 to gather ideas and feedback from the community on what their priorities were for the district. Mayor Favel says most of those top eight priorities have been addressed in the draft LTP. The ideas collected in the campaign were roading, community safety, environment, town centre development, second urban bridge, business development, EA Network Centre development, and new entertainment centres.

To have your say on the draft Long-Term Plan 2018-28, complete and return the form on the back of the ‘Our Place –Our Plan’ consultation document, make an online submission at ashburtondc.govt.nz/haveyoursay , call the Council on  03 307 7700 or visit the Council office at 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton. Consultation closes Monday 14 May, 2018.
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