Have you thought about what Nelson’s City Centre will look like in 30 years’ time? How will we move around it? How will we live in it? What can we do to make it more resilient to the impacts of climate change?

Council is exploring these questions and many more with a wide range of stakeholders and experts and will be presenting a draft City Centre Spatial Plan for public feedback in July 2021.

Between March and June 2021 Council will be hosting pre-engagement meetings with individuals and groups across a variety of community interests. The purpose of these meetings is to make sure that we hear from a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations to help shape the draft City Centre Spatial Plan.

The Nelson City Centre Spatial Plan will set out a people-focused, place-based vision to attract investment, residents, talent, thriving business, families, and events to our city centre, and strengthen our position as New Zealand’s Smart Little City.

Urban centres are rapidly changing worldwide. They face unique pressures and challenges across a wide spectrum of societal, environmental, mobility and economic factors: changing retail spending trends, higher residential demands, lower car dependency among younger citizens, increased use of active modes of transport, lifestyle changes of citizens (young professionals, empty nesters etc).

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressures on urban centres like Nelson. Flexible working arrangements have reduced the need for city centre office space; the economic impact on tourism sectors has wide implications for many of our city centre businesses, and the availability of seasonal staff (students, scientist residencies, travel agencies, hospitality, chefs, seasonal fruit pickers etc) has added to difficulties for many businesses. The implications of these COVID-related economic effects have already seen a delay to key developments in the Nelson area.

Developing Nelson’s City Centre Spatial Plan will help us build resilience against factors of change - from COVID-19, urban living, climate change, and global economic threats. It will help us make Nelson a better, smarter place to live, a city that attracts talent and investment, and offers a destination of extraordinary experiences.

Over 800 people submitted to the ‘Streets for People’ consultation process that Council undertook in June 2020. The high number of submissions received and the quality and detail of those submissions was excellent. All that feedback is helping to shape our thinking as we develop the draft City Centre Spatial Plan.

The draft City Centre Spatial Plan is your opportunity to let us know how you would like to see Nelson develop over the next 30 years. There are a number of ways you can join us on this journey to a better city centre:

  • Follow this page. By clicking ‘follow’ and logging in we will be able to keep you up-to-date with how the draft City Centre Spatial Plan is developing and let you know how you can have your say on our City’s future.
  • Have your say on the 2021-31 Long Term Plan (LTP). The LTP contains a section on the City Centre Spatial Plan and will be open for consultation from 22 March - 21 April 2021.
  • Nelson’s Parking Strategy consultation will be open in the coming months. All the feedback received during that process will be fed into the City Centre Spatial Plan and will help to shape our thinking for the draft document.
  • Look out for the Draft City Centre Spatial Plan Expo in July 2021 – and make a submission on the draft Plan.
  • Keep an eye on Council’s usual communications channels - Our Nelson, Shape Nelson, nelson,govt.nz and local media for the latest information.