The second round of feedback on the Nelson-Tasman Future Development Strategy (FDS) will open on 8 April.

Growth forecasts vary but if we continue to experience high growth, Nelson - Tasman will need to find space for up to 12,000 extra homes over the next 30 years - that’s on top of the capacity already identified in Council plans.

Along with more houses we’ll need more shops, offices and commercial services.

Using the results of feedback on the FDS collected in January this year, the Councils have developed three potential growth scenarios which they will be seeking further feedback on.

The scenarios are not mutually exclusive and it is expected the final strategy will incorporate a mix of options. The three scenarios are:

  1. Enabling housing choices, while avoiding areas that are likely to be subject to sea level rise
  2. Enabling housing choices while avoiding land of high productive value
  3. Balanced option: Enabling housing choices while taking into account both these constraints. 

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese says that she encourages everyone to have their say on this second round of feedback.

“The first round of feedback has helped us identify these scenarios. I’m keen now to hear what people think about these scenarios, and other ideas they may have. We need to take climate change into account, and to make sure we can accommodate the predicted growth through our zoning and infrastructure plans. This is our opportunity to build urban areas that work better for our community - our vision for a sustainable and liveable city and region can be achieved through careful planning now.”

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne says once finalised, the Nelson Tasman Future Development Strategy will affect everyone who chooses to make the region their home in the next 30 years.

“It’s really important that people let us know how they feel about the three scenarios, where they would prefer to see future homes located, and what type of housing they think is appropriate in those places. We want the final strategy to reflect our community’s needs and aspirations for the future of the places they call home. We think it’s particularly important that young people in the region have a voice in the process, so we’ll be providing information to the Tasman Youth Council, with a youth survey specifically for 12 to 24 year olds in Tasman to provide feedback.”

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