Significance and Engagement Policy

Policy background

The Local Government Act 2002 requires local authorities to have a policy on Significance and Engagement.

The Significance and Engagement Policy provides guidance on how and when communities can expect to be engaged.

Nelson City Council’s policy 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 still require a special consultative procedure including the adoption (or amendment) of a Long Term Plan or when proposing changes of significance to bylaw, changes to financial policies, or the transfer of ownership of a significant strategic asset (as listed under this policy).

On 27 June 2019, Council approved an amendment to its policy, to remove community housing from schedule 2: List of Strategic Assets. This was a result of its Long Term Plan 2018-28 amendment following Council’s decision to divest its community housing at its meeting commencing 4 June 2019.


If you would like more information about this policy, please contact Mark Tregurtha, Manager Strategy.

Significance and Engagement Policy (193KB PDF)