Coastal Tasman Plans

This page contains plans and projects for the Coastal Tasman Settlement outlined in the Council's Long Term and Annual Plans.

Coastal Tasman Settlement Area 2018

Settlement Area Reports provide an overview of the demographics, development options and the projects that Council has proposed for our main towns and villages.  

These projects aim to address anticipated population changes, improve the services already provided and ensure that existing public assets are maintained and fit for purpose.

Implementation of the projects will take place during the term of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028.

View the Coastal Tasman Settlement Area Report as an online map.

Or download the PDF report:


Coastal Tasman Settlement Area 2012

Population Projection

Settlement Area



adjusted to SNZ 2006 Estimate








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The projected increase in population of 337 people represents a growth rate of 14.45% for the Coastal Tasman Area between 2011-2031.

The Coastal Tasman Area lies between the Moutere River estuary and the northern edge of the Waimea Plain.  The area is valued for its natural and coastal features and views. Apart from some inland areas, much of the area has high productive land values. Where productive values are high, the land is quite fragmented, whereas the less productive land is generally in larger lots, much of which is, or has recently been planted in pine plantation.

Settlement patterns within the Coastal Tasman Area are varied.  The urban settlements of Mapua/Ruby Bay and Tasman are within the Coastal Tasman Area, but have their own settlement plans. The rest of the area is a mix of rural-residential and rural.

The proximity of the Coastal Tasman Area to Nelson, Richmond and Motueka, and the State highway network has resulted in pressure for further residential and rural residential development.

Growth Planning

The Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) contains a long term policy and planning framework for the Coastal Tasman Area to guide development. These provisions are intended to provide for a significant number of new dwellings in the area where they are able to be accommodated with limited adverse effects on the environment. More specifically, the Rural 3 Zone provides an opportunity for low impact subdivision and innovative development while retaining the overall valued characteristics of the area. In the TRMP, the Coastal Tasman Area Subdivision and Development Design Guide provides criteria for the evaluation of specific proposals. It is expected that there will be little change in those areas in the Coastal Tasman Area that retain Rural 1, Rural 2 and Rural-Residential zonings. 

Constraints to development include the lack of network services for water supply, wastewater and stormwater. This is of concern given the valued natural characteristics of the area. There is a possibility that the Kina Peninsula area may be serviced by the Coastal Tasman Area water supply pipeline.

Future demand for sites for rural-residential lifestyles is expected to be satisfied from land already zoned Rural 3. Additional development may occur along the area adjacent to the inland Moutere Highway.

Major Projects Planned for the Coastal Tasman Area 2012-2022

Engineering (refer to the attached Coastal Tasman infrastructure map):

  • Coastal Tasman Infrastructure Map Final
  • Moutere Highway widening of out of context curves between Kelling Road and George Harvey Road (2018-2021).
  • Coastal Tasman Pipeline for delivery of water to the Coastal Tasman and Mapua areas (2018-2023) – This project is subject to review of its need, scope and timing.

Community Services:

  • Funding has been allocated for ongoing Coastcare programmes during the 10 year period.