Nelson city councillors this morning agreed to shelve the proposal on its controversial planned sale of Wakatu Square and go back to the drawing board.
The next move will be up to the new city council.
The council announced last month it planned to sell 3056 square metres of land in Wakatu Square for a retail development by Auckland-based developer Windermere Holdings for a new Farmers store.
The public consultation process revealed that while many want to see Farmers' wishes to move from its central city premises played out, there were a number of concerns.
Many disagreed with the planned sale at about $1 million below market rate, the potential for foot traffic to be pulled away from the main street, the haste with which the deal appeared to be put together and that local developers had been excluded from the process, which was not open to tender.
Today's meeting was the last of the current council, which decided unanimously more time was needed to come up with a new proposal. That means the newly-elected council next month will need to deal with the issues.
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