Future Development Strategy feedback - round 2 FDS

We are asking for your views on three different scenarios for how we grow over the next 30 years. Feedback closed.

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Nelson Tasman Future Development Strategy Feedback - Round 2 (pdf, 2.7 MB) (pdf, 2.7 MB)

Youth survey 

We wanted to make sure young people in our District have the opportunity to contribute to the future of our communities. So we ran a separate survey for those aged 12 - 24.


Nelson and Tasman are growing fast. We need to determine how we best manage this growth for the long-term benefit of the community and the environment. Managed well, growth can make our two regions better places to live, work and play.

We are asking for your views on three different scenarios for how we grow over the next 30 years. This is also your chance to suggest other places where you think we should allow housing or business to be located.

You can find hard copy versions of the survey in all council offices and libraries.

A growing region

Growth forecasts vary but if we continue to experience high growth, both Councils will need to find space for up to 12,000 extra homes over the next 30 years – this is on top of the extra residential land we have already planned for. Along with more houses, will come more shops, offices and commercial services.

If high-growth population forecasts eventuate, there will also be more industrial activities taking place in our region. We know that we have industrial land which is not currently being used or could be better used and this should be sufficient to meet future needs. However, to ensure greater choice we have looked at a number of possible new industrial/business areas.

Growth options

An initial round of public feedback, at the start of 2019, gave us a broad idea of your preferences and priorities.

We have developed three scenarios as examples of how future growth could occur. We want to get your feedback on the areas that have been included (and excluded) from these scenarios, as well as any other options, before preparing a final Future Development Strategy.

Planning where we should grow in the future means we need to make choices and there will be trade offs, no matter what direction we take. How we grow in the future depends on what we value as a community. It is likely that we will need to change the way we accommodate growth. Now we need to hear from you – which scenario or mix of scenarios do you prefer?

Common themes from the earlier feedback round were:

  • new housing developments should occur in areas that are close to employment, services and open spaces and in a way that promotes social well being
  • avoid developing land of high productive value and areas prone to sea level rise.

Most feedback supported building up existing urban areas rather than building out. But there were a range of views.

Public meetings

Public information sessions in April and May


There are some important choices and trade-offs to be made as we select the combination of development areas that best meet our communities’ long term needs. 

To help work through the options, we have developed three different scenarios: 

  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 scenario: Enabling strategic housing choices while taking into account both of the constraints in scenarios 1 and 2.

Each scenario can provide enough housing to meet a high growth population projection (that is, they provide room for at least 12,000 extra dwellings, between 2028 and 2048).

How the scenarios have been developed
Scenario 1: Enabling housing choices while addressing sea level rise
Scenario 2: Enabling housing choices while protecting land of high productive value
Scenario 3: Balanced option

Development types

Development principles
Urban expansion

Background information

View the Future Development Strategy project page which has the full background to this work.

Why is an FDS needed?
Why do we need to manage growth?
Objectives of the FDS
What are the constraints on development?
So what are the options?