Rolleston could be poised to become a major sporting hub in Canterbury.
Ideas are being sought from Selwyn residents over what they think should be developed on the 40ha site on Goulds Rd.
Stage one is already underway with the construction of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre.
District council open spaces and property manager Mark Rykers said the precinct will cater primarily for the future growth of the township and the wider catchment.
The area could be a venue for South Island-wide sports tournaments in the future also, he said.
"It's large enough with sufficient space to provide for regional or district tournaments or events."
The precinct may include sports fields, courts, indoor facilities and a space specifically for young people, said Mr Rykers.
"It's [about] recognising that there is quite a big youth population in Rolleston and being able to provide something for them," he said.
Getting ideas from the public is just one part of finding out what demand there will be for the precinct.
District council staff will also consult with organised groups who might use the facilities and talk to Sport Canterbury to find out regional trends in sport.
Mr Rykers said: "We'll also look at demographics and the population growth forecast for a wider picture of what's going to happen in Rolleston."
Originally there was a proposed 20 year timeframe for developing the precinct, but Mr Rykers said accelerated growth in the area could speed up that process.
"We're working toward a stage one plan so that we can start developing in spring next year,'' he said.
Mr Rykers said there is a budget of more than $3 million for developing sports and recreation facilities in the district council's 10 year plan.
How much is ultimately spent on the Rolleston development will be refined over time as planning progresses, he said.
People can share their ideas for the precinct by completing an online survey form found at the district council's Have Your Say page on their website. Visit www.selwyn.govt.nz/home