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Property News - 17 July 2017

Greens oppose Waimea dam plan

The Green thumb is down over the proposed $82.5 million Waimea dam in the Lee Valley, near Nelson.

Members of the Green Party gathered in Nelson yesterday for the launch of the Greens’ election campaign and water was one of three priorities outlined by co-leader James Shaw.

Water is also an issue in the Nelson-Tasman region where a decision is due to be made in the next few months on a controversial proposal to build a dam in the Lee Valley. A funding model for a possible joint venture, involving Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd, includes contributions from Nelson City Council and the Government.

Green Party Nelson candidate Matt Lawrey said farmers would not be able to afford to buy the water from the dam ‘‘without a huge taxpayer subsidy, and funding from not just the Tasman district’s ratepayers but from Nelson’s as well’’.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 10 July 2017)

Advice sought over dam land

Work to secure Department of Conservation land for the proposed Waimea dam is on hold pending advice on a Supreme Court ruling relating to conservation land earmarked for a dam in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Tasman District Council also plans to secure DOC land for an irrigation project – about 11ha in the Lee Valley for the proposed $82.5 million Waimea dam.

However, council chief executive Lindsay McKenzie said the TDC’s approach was different.

TDC proposes securing DOC land in the Lee Valley under the Public Works Act.

McKenzie said he believed TDC’s approach under the Public Works Act ’’doesn’t present the challenges’’ faced by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company. ‘‘That’s my advice.’’ However, the council would be asking its advisers to examine the Supreme Court decision ‘‘to determine the robustness of our approach’’.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 10 July 2017)

Hospital's $5m ward project

A ward extension at Manuka Street hospital will see its capacity grow to keep up with the demands of an ageing population.

The $5 million development at Manuka Street Hospital is half way complete, with work expected to be finished before the end of the year.

Manuka Street Hospital clinical nurse manager Kerry Lineham said the hospital’s ward extension would benefit patients and improve the care they received.

It would take the hospital from 19 to 22 beds, with new rooms and improved flow within the hospital.

The hospital is jointly owned by Southern Cross Hospitals Ltd and the Manuka Street Charitable Trust.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 12 July 2017)

Hub rubs residents

A proposed mountainbiking hub in the Brook has left some residents frustrated over the loss of a valued "green space" and the potential for increased noise.

The Nelson City Council's sports and recreation committee gave the go-ahead for the Andrews Park Reserve plan last week in response to ongoing complaints over congestion and tension due to the increase of mountainbikers using trails in the Brook.

A $140,000 plan to build a 30-lot car park, toilet and wash-down facility in the reserve at an entrance to the Codgers Mountain Bike Park will now be explored. It would still require resource consent.

Peter Wilson's Brook home looks out over Andrews Park Reserve. He is among those who have raised their concerns that the construction of a hub would be disruptive.

The main issues included noise and bright lights from riders travelling to and from the area, as well as security and management concerns he believed would affect his property's value.

Nelson City councillor and sports and recreation committee chairman Tim Skinner said the Brook was renowned for its tranquility and informal layout and he hoped a future design would incorporate that, as well as respond to traffic and infrastructure pressures.

He said he was happy to meet anyone with concerns and believed a good solution could be met.

(The Nelson Leader, 13 July 2017)

Rates bills similar in Tasman, Nelson

The old notion that residential rates in Tasman district are higher than rates in Nelson city does not appear to stack up.

Champion Rd in Richmond marks the border between Nelson city and Tasman district. It's city council territory on the north side of the road and the domain of TDC on the south.

A comparison of the 2016-17 rates bills for two properties with similar capital valuations on either side of Champion Rd shows a difference of just $14.27. The bills include each council's water charge, which differed greatly at $194.99 in Nelson and $314.87 in Tasman.

Each council has different methods for calculating residential rates; Tasman district considers the capital value of a property while Nelson city uses the land value to factor its general rate.

Other cost components of the Champion Rd bills were different such as the uniform annual general charge, which was at $290 in Tasman and $413.27 in Nelson. There were also other charges that applied to one council only such as a Mapua rehabilitation rate on the TDC bill.

However, for the two Champion Rd properties, the bottom lines were similar. According to the respective council websites, both properties have a capital value of about $1 million. The Nelson City Council rates bill was $4516.27 while the Tasman District Council demand totalled $4502.

(The Nelson Leader, 13 July 2017)

CBD - Construction and Building District

The temperature and foot traffic might have dropped off for winter, but construction projects in central Nelson are heating up and taking shape.

There are at least six significant construction projects underway in the CBD this winter, including commercial, residential and the long-awaited School of Music redevelopment.

The developments account for millions of dollars being invested in Nelson, bringing new business and life to the inner-city.

The new $2.4 million retail space on the site of the former Trathen's building is one of the more high-profile developments.

The construction at 191 Trafalgar St is fast taking shape.

Just around the corner, at 14 New St, another commercial development is underway. Nelson dentist, Gerry Quin, owns the property and would be relocating his practice to the first floor once the development is completed.

A stone's throw from New St is the Clifford House development at 38 Halifax St next to State Cinemas. A three-storey, architecturally-designed office building is being constructed by Gibbons.

Just along the street from Clifford House, one of the first inner-city townhouse developments is under construction in Collingwood St. It's understood that three luxury, freehold townhouses are being built on the former car yard.

The Riverwalk Apartments complex - six $700,000-plus apartments - in Ajax Ave is also under construction and expected to be completed with four months.

And the $6.4 million School of Music redevelopment and earthquake strengthening by Coman Construction is underway in Nile St.

Nelson deputy mayor Paul Matheson said many of the developments had been in the pipeline for some time but confidence in the economy was seeing them come to fruition.

The Betts Car Park apartments at the top of Trafalgar St, and Kirby Lane shipping container retail precinct in Bridge St are also in the works.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 13 July 2017)

Concerns over 'toxic' camp site

A proposal to turn a former dump site into Takaka’s new freedom camping spot is ‘‘ill-conceived and a thoughtless act of desperation’’, a Golden Bay resident says.

A new freedom camping bylaw by the Tasman District Council would allow campers to stay in the former landfill along the estuary on Rototai Rd from October to March, five kilometres from the township.

But residents say the old tip site is unsuitable for humans.

The area is one of six sites in the Tasman district the council has put forward in its proposed bylaw that would also make large parts of the district off-limits to freedom campers next summer. The council is seeking feedback on the bylaw.

Public consultation is open until August 11 for the draft Tasman District Council Freedom Camping Bylaw 2017.

Under the proposal, the site at Rototai would operate from October 1 through to March 31.

The council would provide basic toilet facilities and rubbish collection. Non self-contained vehicles would have to park within 100m of the available toilets and the occupants would have to use them.

Council spokesman Chris Choat said the Rototai freedom camping proposal was ‘‘just one suggestion’’.

The council was holding two public meetings on the draft bylaw next Monday to discuss the issue and hear residents ideas and concerns.

(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 13 July 2017)

Waimea dam water 'too costly'

Many irrigators on the Waimea Plains won’t be able to afford the water from the proposed Waimea dam, according to economist Peter Fraser.

Fraser, of Lower Hutt, said his calculations for Waimea dam water indicated a conservative ‘‘ballpark’’ cost of 46c per cubic metre – more than three times the 14c per cubic metre average cost of water supplied in 2016 by irrigation schemes across the country, according to Irrigation New Zealand figures.

However, Waimea Irrigators Ltd strategic adviser John Palmer, said the proposed Waimea dam was more than an irrigation scheme. It would also solve the problem of over allocation of water on the plains and improve the health of the Waimea River.

Fraser said he believed ‘‘the fundamental problem’’ with the proposed Waimea dam was that it was ‘‘the wrong size’’.

However, Palmer said the dam was being built with extra capacity as an investment for the future, which made ‘‘perfect economic sense’’.

In June, he said a report by Northington Partners estimated the economic cost to the Nelson-Tasman region of not having a dam was more than $1 billion over 25 years.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 14 July 2017)

Golden Bay grandstand fate down to full council vote

The fate of the 119 year-old Golden Bay grandstand will come down to a full council vote.

Trustee of the Golden Bay Grandstand Community Trust, Hazel Pearson, said it met with the Tasman District Council in Takaka on Tuesday to discuss a draft parking proposal it submitted last week as an alternative to demolishing the grandstand.

Pearson said council CEO Lindsay McKenzie told her ‘‘parking wasn’t really an issue’’.

Judge Brian Dwyer ruled against granting the order, on the grounds that any adverse effects of removing the grandstand were not sufficiently serious to outweigh the benefits of the new Rec Park Centre.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 14 July 2017)

Farmers Market on the move

The Nelson Farmers Market is on the move and looking for a new home after being evicted from Morrison Square.

The market has been given three months to vacate Morrison Square, where it has been held every Wednesday for the past five years.

The landlord, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), gave the market notice last week.

Market manager, Miriam Clark, said the news was ‘‘out of the blue’’ but offered the opportunity for the farmers market to grow.

She said that the market had "nearly outgrown" Morrison Square and there were also restrictions about the number and types of stalls that they could have there.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 14 July 2017)

Thought for the Week

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.

(T M Eddy)

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