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Property News - 15 June 2020

Councils wait for freshwater package detail

The Government plan for improving the lakes and rivers in New Zealand means more monitoring obligations for local authorities.

Other requirements of the Government’s Action for Healthy Waterways package, which was released in late May, include a move to real-time measuring and reporting data on water use.

Farmers with a consent to take more than five litres of water per second will have to electronically record water use and send that data directly to the council.

Environmental information manager Rob Smith said there were about 1400 water consents in Tasman District and most consent holders would be affected. While they already had water meters, fewer than 100 had telemeters.

Bush-King said implementing that requirement would come at a cost to water users but also to councils, which would need suitable computer systems.

The requirements for real-time monitoring are to be phased in over two-six years.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 8 June 2020)

$850k for Millers Acre repairs

A council building infected with mould could require up to $850,000 to fix.

At a meeting yesterday, the Nelson City Council agreed in principle to approve a budget of $850,000 to replace cladding, if needed, to the affected Millers Acre Centre on Trafalgar St.

Parts of the building, owned by the Nelson City Council, were closed in May for urgent repair after four locations in the building tested positive for the presence of Stachybotrys chartarum, a potentially toxic black mould.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 June 2020)

Heated debate over Maitai subdivision

After a ‘‘fractious’’ debate Nelson councillors have supported seeking government funding to upgrade infrastructure for a 700-home housing development in the Maitai Valley and Atawhai hills.

During annual plan deliberations, the Nelson City Council gave its support to an application for $25 million through the Crown Infrastructure Fund, to upgrade council infrastructure to support the new development.

The application would include infrastructure upgrades for existing neighbourhoods, as well as the possible 700 houses that could be built in the Maitai Valley and Atawhai.

The application has been made to the Crown Infrastructure Partners Fund (CIPF), which is helping to kickstart the post-Covid economy by investing in shovelready projects.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 June 2020)

Concerns over shared pathways

Pedestrians in Nelson have raised concerns about the behaviour of cyclists on footpaths and other shared pathways.

The issue was discussed during deliberations on the Nelson City Council’s Annual Plan in the past week.

A number of submitters to the plan said they had felt stressed and intimidated by cyclists passing them at high speeds, with one saying footpaths had become ‘‘dangerous for pedestrians’’.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 June 2020)

Vision for central city

The Nelson City Council has a tremendous opportunity to revitalise our central city with its proposed City Centre Streets for People initiative.

The changes offered up for discussion include removing car parks on the south side of Hardy and Bridge streets, and several options for Trafalgar St, including one with no cars at all.

By making the central city more appealing to pedestrians, it will attract more people to spend time in the city. That is a fact backed up by statistics, and is evident in any city you go to which has a pedestrian precinct.

The worst thing we can do is stick with the status quo.

Feedback on the options can be made via the City Centre Streets for People Survey on shape.nelson.govt.nz. Paper copies are available at Civic House or can be downloaded from the nelson.govt.nz/ website.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 12 June 2020)

Park for youth and young at heart

A youth pop-up park will soon be installed in central Nelson.

The park will take shape on a vacant 1500 square metre riverside site in Halifax St between Elma Turner Library and Burger King.

It will include a pump track for skaters, cyclists and scooters along with a basketball court, table tennis, planters, picnic tables, hammocks, seating and an imagination playground for younger children.

The imagination playground will have foam building materials children can use to construct their own play structures. The basketball court will be solar-lit.

A container will be positioned to provide shade along with overnight storage for the equipment.

The site used to have a building that was originally used as a tannery. It then had a number of different tenants; a bike shop most recently. That building was demolished because of seismic issues and the site was earmarked as a car park until the survey results prompted a rethink about the ways to encourage more children and families into the city.

The reusable and relocatable equipment, with a projected lifetime use of more than 10 years, cost $225,000 with the project to be funded from existing city development budgets, partly derived from car-parking fees.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 13 June 2020)