Feedback sought on CBD plans
The Ashburton District Council is to consult on a range of initiatives to revitalise Ashburton’s CBD.
Among the proposed changes are a 30kmh speed limit in the area bound by East, Moore, Cass and Havelock Streets, gateway treatments at four key entry locations to the CBD, and the provision of free time restricted parking on a one-year trial basis.
Group manager environmental services Jane Donaldson said work on the revitilisation project began last year and had involved the council, a town centre working group, and Abley Transportation Consultants.
‘‘We know that a viable and vibrant town centre is critical if the council is seeking to reinforce the importance of the CBD, reclaim retail spend for our district, and attract businesses back to the commercial centre.’’
Public consultation on the proposed changes will start on 21 May, following the end of consultation on the council’s Long Term Plan. Prior to that, the council will consult with property owners and their tenants in the study area.
The project is proposed to be implemented in stages over about five years.