Nelson Tasman Land Development Manual 2019

The Nelson Tasman Land Development Manual became operative 1 July 2019 supersedes the Land Development Manual 2010.

The Nelson Tasman Land Development Manual became operative 1 July 2019 supersedes the Land Development Manual 2010.

Ratified by Nelson City Council on 20 June 2019. The councils consider this an important document for delivering the shared goals for affordable and resilient asset management while balancing community expectations for our environment.

One set of standards for Nelson Tasman

The Manual replaces the Nelson Land Development Manual 2010 and the Tasman District Council Engineering Standards 2013, and provides one set of standards for the Nelson and Tasman region.

Nelson Tasman Land Development Manual (31MB PDF)

What's new?

This manual includes some significant changes or additions to the previous Nelson Land Development Manual and Tasman’s Engineering Standards. In particular, changes have been made to the way roads are designed and how we manage stormwater.

Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council encourage innovative and sustainable design and welcome alternative solutions to this Manual where this will achieve better results.

The NTLDM will be regularly reviewed and amended to reflect changes in land development practice and feedback from stakeholders.

What has changed

We will be correcting some errors and do some clarifications on the LDM.

Have a look at the PDF below, and email with any feedback you may have on the potential alterations. Feedback on potential changes need to be in by 31 July.

These alterations will go into an update to the LDM 2019 and will become the pending 2020 LDM version.

Please note that the amendment summary is not final as there may be further changes.

Read the LDM amendment summary which is open for feedback. (pdf, 198 KB)


Related guidance

Practice notes - stormwater inundation, bioretention and wetlands

A series of Practice Notes is associated with the NTLDM. They provide guidance on achieving best practice, and include:

Inundation Practice Note (pdf, 994 KB)
Providing best practice for calculating minimum ground and/or floor levels for subdivision, new buildings and major alterations.
Bioretention Practice Note (pdf, 1.5 MB)
Developed specifically for stormwater management with an emphasis on environmental protection and the mitigation of development-related impacts on flooding and surface waterways, including reducing peak flows, reducing spills and reducing water pollution.
Wetland Practice Note (pdf, 1.2 MB)
Intended to primarily support the design and delivery of constructed wetlands for stormwater treatment for water quality improvements.
Vertical datum

Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council adopted New Zealand Vertical Datum (NZVD 2016) effective from 1 July 2017. This new datum will bring consistency in the way land height is measured across the region, and with the New Zealand Standards.

Previously, Nelson City Council recorded height or elevation information in its own Nelson City Council vertical datum. Tasman District Council recorded elevation information in the LINZ Nelson 1955 vertical datum and the Tarakohe 1982 vertical datum for Golden Bay.


  • Pre-2017 elevation data on as-builts, building consents and resource consents will remain unchanged.
  • All height data in engineering plans, as-builts, resource consents and building consents should be supplied to Nelson City Council using the New Zealand Vertical Datum 2016.
  • All height data available from the Top of the South Maps website will be using the New Zealand Vertical Datum 2016.

Background information

What's in the manual?

The NTLDM is intended to provide consistent minimum standards and guidance for network assets that Council will accept as part of its network, and activities affecting them including maintenance and operations.

The aim is to achieve the right balance between durable, cost-effective, environmentally sustainable and fit-for-purpose infrastructure for our communities.

How was the manual developed?

The Manual has been developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders including key staff from both councils, a steering group including Councillors and external advisers, and with input from surveyors, developers, consultants, network utility owners, walking/cycling groups, industry training organisations, suppliers and contractors.

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Find out more

Email Council about the Land Development Manual

Or write to:

Senior Engineering Officer Development
Nelson City Council
PO Box 645 Nelson 7040