Throughout the notification period, Nelson City Council held a series of informative neighbourhood meetings and an online webinar aimed at engaging the community in discussions about Plan Change 29. These meetings, chaired by elected members, provided residents with the opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes for their individual neighbourhoods, plus ask questions and find out more about the submissions process. In addition to these meetings, Council planners were available at specific times and days at the region’s libraries to meet one-on-one with people who had questions.
Residents were encouraged to attend the meetings or drop-in sessions during September and October 2023 to hear what the proposed changes would mean for different locations in Nelson. The neighbourhood meetings were divided into suburb areas so people could choose the location(s) relevant to them.
Large, printed maps were used to highlight the specific geographic areas spoken about in the meetings.
These workshops will build on the engagement work that Council has done in recent years on the Nelson Plan, natural hazards and the Nelson Tasman Future Development Strategy, adding to the feedback already received from community, iwi and stakeholder engagement and consultation between 2014 and 2020, as part of a multi-year process to develop strategies for adapting to Nelson’s changing needs.