Social and Economic Wellbeing
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Council wants to support greater residential intensification and a wider range of housing choice in Nelson and in our rural areas. Commercial and residential growth should be encouraged around key commercial centres such as the Central City, Victory, Tahunanui and Stoke.
Jobs and business activity are essential in Nelson for it to meet the needs of the community as well as reinforce its place as the premier centre in the Top of the South. Community feedback to date has confirmed that the Nelson Plan needs to be business-friendly, as well as flexible enough to meet the needs of changing labour markets over time.
The Council has been advised that a centres-based compact urban form that provides choice, convenience, and efficiencies (like shorter travel trips) is not only preferable, it also supports existing amenity and character values across Whakatū Nelson. The matching of economic activity and intensification opportunity in and around centres, based on their size and significance, will be a key part of the Nelson Plan. The draft RPS seeks to identify a hierarchy of centres as follows:
1) City centre
2) Village centres: Tahunanui and Stoke
3) Neighbourhood centres: Milton, Ngawhatu Valley, Marsden Valley, Night Owl (Waimea/Van Diemen), Raewards/Couplands, Robinsons/MaCashins and Victory
4) Convenience centres: Atawhai, Bishopdale, Black Cat, Hales Corner, Monaco and Nayland.
This hierarchy provides for the greatest range and density of activities to locate in areas that are higher up the hierarchy.
Another key social concern identified by the community is the need for greater housing choice and flexibility. This also relates to affordable living and how easy it is for Nelsonians to meet their needs as their circumstances change. The Council is currently investigating how more variation in housing could be enabled in residential development.
Does this draft RPS section on Social and Economic Wellbeing miss any significant resource management issues? Is Council responding appropriately to the issues related to this topic? Are there other areas that Council should include in the centres hierarchy and which centres should have the greatest priority for growth and development?