Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan
The Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan has been in the works at Nelson City Council since 2013, and is a the overarching document for managing how Nelson grows and develops, and for protecting our natural environment.
The plan was anticipated to be publicly notified in early 2022, the same year the Government’s new legislation is now expected to be passed.
Nelson City Council has decided to pause the release of the Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan for now, primarily due to the risk that anticipated new legislation will require significant changes to resource management plans in local government. Government announced broad Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms in July 2021, and the impact of those changes is still not certain. The legislative changes and timeframes are out of Council’s control, however we are anticipating the new legislation in 2022.
In the interim, Council will focus on progressing some key issues relating to housing, freshwater, coastal inundation and lower Maitai flooding, and air quality. For many of the other topics, we expect much of the work that has been done to date will be able to be transferred into new plans under the new legislation.
Nelson Plan Timeline
Outline of the process and likely timeline of the plan change process.
Natural HazardsRead More
Research and technical documents
Find a list of research carried out as part of the Nelson Plan development.
Draft Regional Policy Statement
Learn about the Draft Regional Policy Statement (May 2016)
Operative RMA Plans
View the Nelson Resource Management Plan, Air Quality Plan and Regional Policy Statement
Partnership with Whakatū Iwi
Learn about how Council is working with local Iwi to develop its RMA Plans
Non-regulatory environmental programmes
Find out about how Council is working to enhance the environment