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Feedback to the Draft Nelson Plan closed 6 December 2020. Thank you to those who gave feedback. We will provide a summary of all feedback received before the next stage of engagement. There will be another opportunity to give feedback on the parts of the Draft Plan that were not finalised in this round of engagement. The next phase of engagement will in 2021.

Smart Little City, Smart Nelson Plan – have your say

From 6 October – 6 December 2020 Nelson City Council is inviting public feedback on the Draft Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan. This engagement has been rescheduled from earlier this year due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The Draft Nelson Plan will outline how Nelson will grow and develop, and how we will manage our environment in the future.

This is the first phase of a three-phase process enabling the community to contribute to the development of the Plan. The second phase of engagement is planned for early next year on flooding and coastal hazards, and other parts of the Plan not released in Phase one. A third phase of formal consultation occurs in 2022 as part of the formal notification process.

You’ll find links to the Draft Plan Information, maps and feedback in the sidebar on this page.

We’ll also be holding a series of public events where you can view the Draft Plan maps, check out whether any of the proposed changes would affect your property, and ask your questions about the Draft Plan. Learn more.

Public Drop-In Sessions

To talk one-on-one with Council staff about the Nelson Plan you can attend one of our public drop-in sessions. These are an informal opportunity for individuals or small groups to ask questions about the plan before making a submission. For more details visit the Public Drop-In Sessions page.

How to read the Draft Nelson Plan

If you have any questions or would like assistance with navigating the ePlan or thePDFs/map viewer call 03 546 0200 or email

There are two ways to look at the Draft Nelson Plan and maps.


ePlan displays the Plan text and maps electronically. It makes it easy to search for a property’s landuse zone and associated rules.

Please note, the ePlan is still being developed so not all functions are fully enabled.

If you need help searching for a property, use the Help button on the right hand side of the ePlan viewer

Click on property search to bring up Key Planning Controls on the left hand side of the viewer.

Note you can only search for a property by address. The entire property whether it consists of one lot or multiple lots will be shown.

For definitions of words used in the Draft Nelson Plan, click on the blue dashed line under the word

Links to Council documents or websites are shown in bold type

Roads and the road reserve (the land around a road managed by a road authority) do not have a landuse zone.

You can view or download the Draft Nelson Plan in ePlan format. We recommend Google Chrome as the desktop browser.

Map viewer and pdfs

Alternatively you can view the Draft Nelson Plan map viewer, and read the draft plan chapters in PDF format.

View Draft Nelson Plan Chapter PDFs and map viewer.

You can also give feedback by email to

Terms and Conditions

Nelson City Council is making this version of the Draft Nelson Plan available to the public as part of the public consultation process strictly for information purposes only.

While Nelson City Council has made every reasonable effort to provide accurate information within the Draft Nelson Plan it is subject to final legal and technical review and therefore should not be relied on.

In particular, the map is an approximate representation only and must not be used to determine the location or size of items shown, to identify legal boundaries or for any purpose other than as background information relating to the Draft Nelson Plan.

The Council accepts no responsibility or liability for the use or misuse of any of the information in the Draft Nelson Plan by any person.

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