Community Facilities

With a projected population of approximately 97,000 by 2048, we need to think about future provision of facilities to meet our community’s needs.

As part of planning for growth in the District, a study of community facility provision was done in October 2017. The study recommended a level of service for providing new facilities to cope with growth as well as a standard for space required for library services.

We know we’re not the only provider of community facilities in the District. Our proposal for future provision is based on the assumption that churches, trusts, schools and other key providers will continue to make their facilities available to the community.

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LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES SPACE

We’re proposing

  • a new library and community space to service the growing Woodend/Pegasus area 
  • to increase the size of Rangiora Library from 1,415m2 to 2,615m2, about an 80% increase in area
  • to make some Council owned land available, at a peppercorn rental, for community groups to locate their own buildings

Options

A: COUNCIL’S PREFERENCE

To plan and budget for the expansion of Rangiora Library and a new facility at Woodend/Pegasus, because it will provide

  • for future library facilities that cater for a growing population
  • community facilities and a library for the Woodend/Pegasus community when the population grows to 12,000 people

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B: DEFER THE TIMING

The projects could be deferred beyond 2028. The timing of the projects would be assessed at a later time to determine if population growth has placed excessive pressure on existing facilities. Deferring the projects may not meet community needs. Impact if timing is deferred:

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C: NO CHANGE – REDUCED LEVELS OF SERVICE OVER TIME

This will not provide for any expansion of facilities to meet projected population growth and will result in a decreasing level of service which is unlikely to meet the community’s expectations.