Nelson continues to experience growth, which places greater pressure on a wide range of assets and services provided by Council - such as stormwater, transportation, and reserves. Significant investment is required to provide additional assets, or increase the capacity of existing assets so we can keep up with the demand. One way of making sure everyone pays their fair share is through development contributions.

The purpose of the Development Contributions Policy is to ensure that those who create a need for new or additional Council assets, or assets of increased capacity, contribute their fair share to the cost of providing those assets.

Proposed updates to Council’s Development Contributions Policy 2018 are being consulted on at the same time as this Long Term Plan 2021-31.

The fees and charges for the York Valley Regional Landfill facility are set by the Nelson Tasman Regional Landfill Business Unit, but are consulted on separately by each council.

Fees and charges are proposed to increase by 20%, from $171/tonne (including GST) in 2020/21, to $204.70/tonne (including GST) in 2021/2022. This is as a result of increased capital expenditure to implement a number of improvements to the gas management system that will enable reduced carbon emissions, increased costs to address stormwater control, increases to the government’s Waste Minimisation Levy (which is a levy imposed for waste disposed to landfill), increases in carbon emissions costs under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, and funding requested by Nelson and Tasman councils for the local disposal levy.

The local disposal levy is used to fund local solid waste programmes – for Nelson this includes running the Pascoe Street transfer station, waste minimisation initiatives, green waste disposal, and recycling.

We are jointly proposing (along with Tasman District Council) to transfer our shareholdings in both Nelson Airport Limited and Port Nelson Limited into a single new company. The company will be set up as an operational holding company, and will be 50% owned by us and 50% owned by Tasman District Council.

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Council is consulting on proposed changes to the Rates Remission Policy alongside the Long Term Plan. These proposed changes aim to reduce administrative burdens, provide consistency, and better meet the needs of ratepayers.

Council’s Rates Remissions Policy provides for a reduction of all, or part of rates, in some circumstances. The full policy can be found here, at Council’s Customer Service Centre, or in our libraries.

More information can be found in our Financial Strategy.

The Revenue and Financing Policy explains ’who pays and why’ for each of the Council’s activities, such as transport and water supply. Council is currently consulting on the revised policy, alongside the Long Term Plan.