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Property News - 16 March 2020

Potential of hop waste explored

A scientist who turned his bathroom into a laboratory is full of ideas to turn a hops by-product into a valuable commodity.

Hops fibre could be used to create anything from fabric to aircraft, Motueka biologist Don Graves said.

The fibre was a largely untapped resource in Tasman, with thousands of kilometres of hops grown across the region each year. However, extracting the fibre from the flesh of the stem was difficult, he said.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 9 March 2020)

Sewage plant gets consents

Independent commissioners have granted a suite of resource consents for the Nelson regional sewage treatment plant, including a permit to discharge treated wastewater into Waimea Inlet.

However, the five permits, which enable the Bell Island Wastewater Treatment Plant’s operations to continue, come with a duration of 20 years, rather than the 35 years sought.

They also include a raft of conditions, such as requirements to submit a Monitoring and Technology Review Report every six years, and to arrange a hui for Te Tau Ihu iwi each November.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 13 March 2020)

Prices rise, sales fall in Nelson

Nelson house prices are continuing to increase as the city follows a national trend of ‘‘critically low’’ numbers of homes for sale.

Sales decreased in Nelson by 24.3 per cent compared with the same month last year, with 75 houses sold, the lowest count in five months.

However, figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (Reinz) show a different story in Tasman District, where there was a 17.5 per cent increase in annual sales, with 74 houses sold last month, and a 13.7 per cent increase in the median house price to a new record of $665,000, up from $585,000 at the same time last year.

In Nelson, the median house price for February was $575,000, down from $597,500 in January but up on the $563,000 in February last year.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 13 March 2020)

Annual plan for city out for consultation

The new annual plan for Nelson City has been approved for public consultation, with a proposed average rates increase of 3.7 per cent.

The increase is 0.6 per cent higher than proposed in the Nelson City Council’s 2018-2028 Long Term Plan. It included a lower proposed debt level of $108.8 million by June 2021, rather than $138.6m.

The higher rates increase was due to ‘‘a number of operating costs’’ increasing, the council said.

Most councillors who spoke strongly encouraged widespread community feedback. Consultation opens on March 17 and closes on April 17. The council will deliberate on submissions on May 26.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 14 March 2020)

Council seeking clarity over tiny homes issue

The Tasman District Council is calling on the Government to better align its laws in relation to tiny homes.

‘‘It would be better if the Government makes sure that the planning legislation and the building legislation at the very least share some definitions and have some consistent terminology,’’ said Tasman mayor Tim King.

Councillors on the regulatory committee this week agreed that King would write to the Government to seek ‘‘better alignment’’ between the Resource Management Act and the Building Act in relation to tiny homes.

King said a recent district court ruling, which overturned a determination from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in relation to a tiny home in North Canterbury, deeming it to be a vehicle rather than a building, had provided ‘‘a bit more clarity around the Building Act in certain circumstances’’.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 14 March 2020)

Thought for the Week

(Monday 16 March)

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