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Nelson Plan Timeline


The operative Nelson Regional Policy Statement and Nelson Resource Management Plan were developed in the 1990s, and the Nelson Air Quality Plan became operative in 2008. While these plans have been subject to some changes, they have not undergone a full review. The council resolved to embark on a full review. Once prepared, the new plan will be called the Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan.


The next phase of engagement will in 2021.  This will be another opportunity to give feedback on the parts of the Draft Plan that were not finalised in the 2020 round of engagement. 

October -December 2020

Nelson City Council released the Draft Nelson Plan for public feedback from 6 October to 6 December 2020. You'll find the engagement documents and materials online at

March 2020 - Covid-19 update

Nelson City Council was looking to release the Draft Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan for public feedback early in 2020.  The Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown has meant that public engagement has been postponed. Council will use the time available to further test the Draft Plan.  Wider public engagement will get underway later this year.


The Draft Nelson Plan was tested by external planning peer reviewers and a first stage legal review of the Draft Plan was carried out. The Draft Plan has been tested by NCC elected members and iwi through a series of topic-based workshops. 


In 2018 the Draft Nelson Plan was completed and compiled as one document for the first time, including web map overlays. Internal testing of the Draft Plan was carried out with key council teams, and a revised version was completed in December.


In 2017 the Draft Nelson Plan was workshopped with elected members, iwi and freshwater working groups, and an initial peer review was carried out. There was public engagement on fault, liquefaction, and river flooding hazards. Engagement continued with landowners who have significant natural areas or heritage values on their properties. Nelson’s business and development community were also engaged with.


In May 2016, Council released the draft RPS for feedback (See Live Nelson Issue 426 (1.7MB PDF))


In November 2015, feedback was sought (see Live Nelson Issue 416) from the community on the main themes the strategic outcomes sought to address, although people were also encouraged to submit on any resource management issue they felt strongly about. About 300 responses were received on a range of issues and this feedback has helped guide Council officers in developing and structuring the Draft Regional Policy Statement. See a summary of this feedback (131KB PDF).


In 2014 the council adopted the Nelson 2060 Strategy, a non-regulatory, community-led vision for Nelson in 2060 followed by 10 goals that will help us achieve that vision. This strategy guides Council in its development of policy, including RMA Plans.

In September 2014, following workshops relating to Whakatū Nelson’s significant resource management issues, Council adopted a range of strategic outcomes. These strategic outcomes have guided work towards the development of a Draft Regional Policy Statement (RPS)  which will set the overall strategic direction for the final Nelson Plan.


In November 2013 the Council resolved to embark on a full review. Once prepared, the reviewed document will be called the Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan.

For more information about Resource Management Planning see:

For further information or questions, please contact or phone (03) 546 0200 and ask for Team Leader Planning