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Long Term Plan 2024-34 open for consultation

Nelson City Council has opened public consultation on its Long Term Plan 2024-2034 (LTP) consultation document.

Titled Beyond the Storm – Kei tua i te āwhā, the consultation document for the plan outlines eight key issues for the community to provide feedback on.

Nelson Mayor Nick Smith says the title has two contexts.

“The August 2022 weather event was the worst in 50 years and has had a huge impact on Council’s work and finances. Fixing the damaged infrastructure, finding a pragmatic solution for homes damaged or put at risk by landslides and securing financial support from the Government has dominated my first year as Mayor. The last big decision for Council related to the 2022 storm is how we meet the cost, and our proposal is for a $300 annual targeted rate for all separately used or inhabited parts of a rating unit in Nelson.

“It is not just a weather event that has made this Long Term Plan so challenging. We also have an economic storm with the highest inflation and interest rates in three decades and increased costs for Council in areas we cannot control. Our challenge is to navigate a realistic and responsible financial path while ensuring we maintain and improve the services that support the city’s prosperity and wellbeing. The combination of higher interest costs of $4.2 million, increased depreciation of $1.5 million and increased insurance levies of $750,000 alone add 6.8% to the average household rates bill.”

To find out more, read our full media release at Our Nelson.

Public consultation on the plan is now open for four weeks.

Visit to read our consultation document and supporting documents. You can get a printed copy at our Customer Service Centre at Civic House or at a public library.

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