Nelson City Council

Central General Ward
The Nelson City Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also passes local regulations and makes decisions about infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage, and about the region’s resources, including water, soil and the coastline. The council is made up of 12 councillors and the mayor. Four councillors will be elected from the Central General ward. The other councillors will be elected from other wards or by all voters in the district. This is a single transferable vote (STV) election, so you vote by ranking the candidates on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Nelson City Council election.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

  • Continue to make housing a priority. Work hard to progress the supply of affordable housing and initiatives that support intensification.

    Continue to make good urban design a priority. Push to get comprehensive integrated approach to planning for Nelson – especially the CBD.

    Leverage the council housing reserve, push for a faster process on housing decisions, work with Kāinga Ora to develop intensification in our CBD.

  • Fast tracking of permits or other benefits for dedicated affordable housing builds and managed urban social housing options away from CBD.

    Develop an entertainment zoning overlay that welcomes co existence between inner city living and business operations promoting the CBD.

    Address homelessness with support systems encouraging social reintegration where possible.

  • Collaborate with our three community housing providers to seek alternative, community-focused solutions to social housing in Nelson.

    Seek to establish a new homeless shelter to support those who have fallen on hard times.

    Improve and resource our consenting processes to increase our housing supply and enable creative solutions to take form.

  • Ensure the building consent process is streamlined to support increased housing.

  • Prioritise intensification in central Nelson and brownfield developments over urban sprawl.

    Retain existing land zoning in the Maitai Valley.

    Continue to partner with agencies such as Kāinga Ora to create affordable medium- and high-density housing in central Nelson.

  • Continue to make housing a priority. Work hard to progress the supply of affordable housing and initiatives that support intensification.

    Continue to make good urban design a priority. Push to get comprehensive integrated approach to planning for Nelson – especially the CBD.

    Leverage the council housing reserve, push for a faster process on housing decisions, work with Kāinga Ora to develop intensification in our CBD.

  • Fast tracking of permits or other benefits for dedicated affordable housing builds and managed urban social housing options away from CBD.

    Develop an entertainment zoning overlay that welcomes co existence between inner city living and business operations promoting the CBD.

    Address homelessness with support systems encouraging social reintegration where possible.

  • Collaborate with our three community housing providers to seek alternative, community-focused solutions to social housing in Nelson.

    Seek to establish a new homeless shelter to support those who have fallen on hard times.

    Improve and resource our consenting processes to increase our housing supply and enable creative solutions to take form.

  • Ensure the building consent process is streamlined to support increased housing.

  • Prioritise intensification in central Nelson and brownfield developments over urban sprawl.

    Retain existing land zoning in the Maitai Valley.

    Continue to partner with agencies such as Kāinga Ora to create affordable medium- and high-density housing in central Nelson.