Draft Significance and Engagement Policy

Nelson City Council has developed a draft Significance and Engagement Policy and invites community feedback.

The feedback period is now open and closes at 4pm on Friday 17 October 2014.

Click on the following link to download a copy of the Draft Significance and Engagement Policy (169KB PDF).

To submit your feedback online, please complete the form below.*

Policy background:

Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 2002 require local authorities to develop a Significance and Engagement Policy to be adopted by 01 December 2014.

The Government has said the changes are not about removing requirements to consult but about improving the processes that are used. The aim is to enable councils to design engagement processes that are appropriate to a range of different circumstances and community interests. The new significance and engagement policies are intended to provide a clearer guide about how and when communities can expect to be engaged.

Nelson City Council’s draft policy extends our existing Significance Policy and sets out the relationship between the degree of significance that a matter has, and the level and type of community engagement that is likely to take place.

Two key aspects of the policy are that engagement should be in proportion to the degree of significance that any matter has, and that community preferences for engagement should be taken into account.

Some processes will still require a special consultative procedure including the adoption or amendment of the Long Term Plan or of a significant bylaw, changes to financial policies, or the transfer of ownership of a significant strategic asset (as listed under this policy).

Further information:

Hard copies of the draft Significance and Engagement Policy, and submission form, are available at any Nelson Public Library or the Nelson City Council Customer Service Centre, Ground Floor, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson.

Feedback* can also be delivered to the Customer Service Centre or any Nelson Public Library or posted to: Freepost 76919, Significance and Engagement Policy, Nelson City Council, PO Box 645, Nelson 7040.

If you would like more information about this Policy, please contact Susan Moore-Lavo on 03 545 8742.

*Public Information:

All feedback and submissions (including the names and contact details of submitters) are public information and will be available to the public and media in various reports and formats including the Nelson City Council website.  Personal information will also be used for administration relating to the subject matter of the feedback or submissions. Submitters have the right to access and correct any personal information included in any reports, information, feedback or submissions.