The future of the embattled Modellers Pond should be decided this year. Photo: File.

Council projects to watch out for in 2020

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One plan to rule them all:

In November 2013 the council resolved to embark on a full review of its resource management plan. The idea was to create something that would serve the city well in its future development.

Now, seven years later, council should finally be entering the final stages of its release.

Towards the end of the year the plan will up for discussion. It will bring the Nelson Regional Policy Statement, Nelson Air Quality Plan and the Nelson Resource Management Plan into the one document.

Parking overhaul:

Parking in the city is set to get a shake up this year, with council installing a ‘Pay by Plate’ parking system which will register number plates instead of issuing tickets.

Users enter their plate number at the meter and pay for the parking time they need and there will be no cheeky parking as the system will know the driver has paid for a set amount of time – even if they move carparks within the city zone.


Council will install a ‘Pay by Plate’ parking system this year. Photo: File
Council will install a ‘Pay by Plate’ parking system this year. Photo: File

Community facilities:

Two highly frequented areas in Nelson will be getting toilet spruce ups this year, with help from Government funding.

The toilet block at the Tahunanui Lions playground will be replaced and could be open by September.

The toilets at Millers Acre will also be expanded.

Scoping for the redevelopment of Elma Turner Library is expected to progress with the results of last year’s engagement sessions to be presented in a report to a council workshop next month.

Also, a community youth facility in Stoke that has been in the pipeline for number of years is gaining traction.

Council says we can expect design and consultation to progress, with construction in 2020/21.


Scoping for the redevelopment of the Elma Turner Library is on the cards. Photo: File.
Scoping for the redevelopment of the Elma Turner Library is on the cards. Photo: File.

City centre:

Council have big plans to refresh our inner city and we can expect see some movement with this in 2020.

Proposed plans include an urban park to bring people to the city for longer periods of time and funding for the anticipated play space in Rutherford Park will be transferred to this project.

Building on the success of the upper Trafalgar St summer closure, a series of trials is also expected be undertaken to make use of city laneways.

Walkability, liveability and supporting and growing existing precincts are also on the agenda.

Council will also continue using temporarily vacant buildings to house art and community organisations.

Modellers Pond:

Tahunanui’s Modellers Pond is still stagnant with weeds, but a new council is looking for action this year.

Last year it was decided to progress the option of a full upgrade of the pond, including installing a concrete base at a cost that is now estimated at more than $3 million.

This follows an unsuccessful trial dosing the pond with a diatom fertiliser. Resource consent is already in place for the upgrade, but council is still consulting with Iwi.

A report is expected to come back to the sports and recreation committee this year finalising the preferred approach, which will then be put to the wider community for feedback.

What about the Welcome Cloak?

The artwork known as the Welcome Cloak is still yet to make an appearance on the Millers Acre building.

It was announced in September 2018 that it would be moving there from Saltwater Creek and a year later it was discovered Millers Acre would need recladding before the work could be hung.

Last week, a council spokesperson told Nelson Weekly that there is no update.