The Tasman District Council on December 13 chose the site for the library upgrade, preferring the Decks Reserve site over a redevelopment of the current library on its existing site.
Thanks to all those who gave us feedback and attended our open day. The initial feedback is now complete.
We're planning to redevelop Motueka Library over the next few years, to provide the community with a modern facility able to meet the need for library services into the future.
The existing library in Pah Street is about half the size it should be for the size of the town it services (using Library and Information Association of New Zealand standards). Motueka's population is expected to grow over the next 20 years, which will put added pressure on the already overcrowded facility.
A feasibility study into the redevelopment options has been completed by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects, and recommends a new library in Decks Reserve as the preferred option.
Before making a final decision, we plan to seek the community's views on whether to build a new library, or expand the current library on its existing site. This feedback round will take place in October 2018.
2019 - 2020: Planning and design
2020 - 2021: Construction
October 2018: Informal public consultation on library redevelopment options.
December 2018: The Council considers public feedback and chooses preferred option.