The Future Development Strategy 2022-2052 plans for our growth over the next 30 years. It was adopted 29 August 2022 and came into effect 19 September 2022.

Following months of community engagement, detailed feedback, and informative deliberations, Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council have now adopted the Nelson Tasman Future Development Strategy 2022-2052 (NTFDS).

Learn more and read the strategy at or click here to download the adopted Strategy.

What is the Future Development Strategy?

This short video provides an introduction to the Future Development Strategy (FDS) or you can listen to this podcast to learn more [WAV, 102 MB].

Next steps

Following deliberations held at the beginning of June, the Joint Committee of the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils will meet on 27 July 2022 to consider the FDS subcommittee recommendations.

Adoption of the final FDS document is likely to happen in August at a date yet to be confirmed.

To find out more about what happened at deliberations please read our media release.

What's happened so far:

Formal consultation on the new draft FDS 2022-2052 ran from 14 March 2022 to 14 April 2022.

Hearings were scheduled for April and May and following deliberations the FDS may be adopted by both councils in August 2022.


Read the agenda (external link).

Deliberations were held

  • 9.00am Tuesday 31 May 2022
  • 11.00am Wednesday 1 June 2022
  • 9.00am Thursday 2 June 2022

Recordings of the hearings and deliberations can be viewed on the Tasman District Council YouTube Channel.

A link to Tasman District's website - with all submissions can be seen here.

The proposal for consideration

The proposal currently out for consultation under the Special Consultative Procedure comprises a core part and a secondary part. The map below shows the proposal as a whole. You can view a larger version here. [PNG, 1.1 MB]

The core part of the proposal is to accommodate growth largely along State Highway 6 from Atawhai to Wakefield, by intensification and greenfield expansion and some rural residential areas. This could provide for approx. 26,000 new homes and 48% of the capacity would be provided by intensification, with 52% provided by greenfield expansion, across the Nelson-Tasman region.

The secondary part of the proposal is the creation of a new community near Tasman village and includes land at Lower Moutere (Braeburn Road) providing up to 3,200 homes. While the three sites near Tasman village and the Lower Moutere site are not part of the core FDS proposal, as they are not needed to meet housing demand, the decision has been made to include the sites in the proposal to obtain views of the wider community.

Further information

The potential growth areas are shown both in the documents below and in the interactive GIS viewer. The GIS viewer also shows opportunities and constraints in the region.

Read the combined summary document and draft FDS (pdf 8.9 MB).

For information on methodologies and how the analysis was undertaken read the technical document [PDF, 9.7 MB].