An evidence-based case for investment
The NFAP draft strategic case is a document that pulls together all the relevant evidence the project team needs to consider, to help us understand problems and think about possible solutions. It also confirms that all key stakeholders are agreed on the need to address a problem. It demonstrates the case for change, the need for potential investment, and what benefits may be gained from any investment.
It also combines a few key factors. Nelson and Tasman are growing regions, with a population expected to increase by between 9% and 25% over the next 30 years. Alongside this population growth will be economic growth through tourism and exports.
In preparation, Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council have developed a joint approach to urban development over the next 30 years, called the Future Development Strategy. This will seek to encourage a greater level of intensification rather than continuing to develop on the fringes.
The current transport system could be described as an hourglass - it's in a highly constrained geographic environment, with hills on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other, and the growing demand for travel is being squeezed through two arterial roads that must function as “all things to all users”.
To support the existing communities and the growth that lays ahead, the Transport Agency and Nelson City Council are developing a plan for a transport system that supports the community’s aspirations for how Nelson will function in the short, medium and long term.