City Development Surveys

Recent City Development Surveys include the Nelson Public Life survey, City Centre Streets for People survey, and the Nelson City Centre survey 2019.

Nelson Public Life survey

Public Life Surveys are an observational method for generating quantitative data regarding ‘life’ in our streets, squares, parks and other public environments.

For Whakatū Nelson, two seasonal surveys (winter and summer) were carried out between August 2019 and February 2020, capturing data in five key areas;

  • Pedestrian Activity,
  • Bicycle Activity,
  • Staying Activities,
  • Age and Gender,
  • Outdoor Dining Audit.

Download the survey (6.9MB PDF)

City Centre Streets for People survey

Nelson City Council is exploring how to improve pedestrian safety, visitor experience, consumer spending and activity in Nelson’s city centre, and needs your help.

Download the survey and Frequently Asked Questions.

Find out more and complete the online survey at

Nelson City Centre survey 2019

Over the last Nelson City Council election term, Councillors requested data that would assist them in making decisions around car parking, public transport, active transport and City Centre investment.

In order to gather data for this purpose a survey of 400 Nelson residents and 100 Richmond residents was commissioned. Those surveyed answered questions regarding their choices and experiences of the Nelson City Centre and Richmond Town Centre.