Developing a new Future Development Strategy

In July 2019, Tasman District and Nelson City Councils adopted the Nelson-Tasman Future Development Strategy (FDS). View the Future Development Strategy online.

Work is now underway to produce a new FDS that will replace the FDS adopted in July 2019.

The new Nelson Tasman 2021-2051 Future Development Strategy is a joint project between Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council. It will assess and set out where and how residential and business growth within the Nelson and Tasman regions will occur over the next 30 years.

The new FDS will:

  • promote long-term strategic planning by explaining how well-functioning housing and business environments will be achieved
  • provide at least sufficient development capacity (for housing and business) over the next 30 years
  • assist with ensuring infrastructure funding and decisions are in line with planning decisions
  • identify where capacity for development will be provided and the infrastructure required to support the capacity
  • provide a statement of hapu and iwi values and aspirations

The new FDS is required so both Councils can meet the Government's National Policy Statement Urban Development 2020 (The NPS UD) which came into effect in August 2020. It will ensure both councils have an evidence base to inform reviews and changes to their unitary plans, to facilitate the next round of long-term plans (2024) including infrastructure strategies, and to support business case work and future inter-council and central government funding partnerships.

The project is due to be completed in July 2022. More information will be shared as the project progresses and the community will have the opportunity to have their say on where growth should occur. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact:

Stage 3 - Sept-Oct 2021 - Community Engagement

The 2019 FDS will form a starting point for the new FDS. All the sites currently identified for future growth will need to be reassessed under the new requirements of the NPS UD. Both councils are now working on the strategy with the aim of releasing a draft Future Development Strategy to the public for consultation in 2022.

To assist with the development of the new Future Development Strategy we need your help to identify areas that may be suitable for new residential, business, and industrial land. Let us know your suggestions using the form below. You can also use this form to let us know any general thoughts you may have.

This round of engagement will close Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Community Engagement Webinars

As part of this, several community engagement webinars were held 15 and 18 October 2021. You can see a presentation from these webinars and questions and answers from these sessions below.

Intensification Action Plan

The 2020 Intensification Action Plan is a sub-strategy of the Future Development Strategy. The action plan examines ways in which Council can enable intensification and sets out specific actions. View the Intensification Action Plan.

Housing Preference Survey 2021

In May 2021 Tasman District and Nelson City Councils conducted a survey of 600 residents about housing preferences. Read the results of the survey.