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Property News: 23 September 2019

Shifting sands and shifting huts

As sea levels rise, campsites along one of New Zealand’s most popular walking tracks will be forced to move to higher ground.

Earlier this year, the Department of Conservation released a report that assessed the risk of coastal locations exposed to flooding. It found that several conservation areas were at risk from rising sea levels due to climate change.

The Abel Tasman Coast Track in Abel Tasman National Park was deemed the most vulnerable, with 62 assets (including huts and campsites) and more than 5 per cent of the track at risk of coastal inundation.

Science adviser and report author Andrew Tait said a predicted rise in sea levels of 0.5 to 1 metre by 2100 would see waves overcome both natural and built defences, flooding land and waterways with seawater and silt for extended periods.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 16 September 2019)

CBD enhancement budget 'overly ambitious'

The Nelson City Council has failed to spend a $200,000 budget set aside for CBD enhancement, but say it was perhaps “overly ambitious” to think they would do so in the project’s first year.

The council was given the capital expenditure budget as part of the 2018/19 financial year to allow them to purchase assets for the CBD.

Alan Gray was appointed as the city-centre programme development lead in December last year.

He says that things that his team has been working on include:

  • Bringing lime scooters or something similar into the region.
  • Parking – including relaxing the number of carparks required for city-fringe developments.
  • City centre forum with retailers and landlords.
  • Makeshift Spaces – using the frontage of empty retail spaces for art installations.
  • Launched a Public Life Survey to monitor and observe the type of activities that are happening in the city; who’s busking, who’s laying out in the sun, who’s eating, how many kids are out, what are the gender mixes and the age groups.
  • Four Lanes Festival
  • Closing of Upper Trafalgar St
  • Flagtrax – the new permanent flagpoles around the city. Some have LED lights that the teams are looking to extend throughout the CBD.
  • Developing the City Centre Programme Plan, which council is looking to adopt tomorrow.
  • Looking at how to make the CBD a more liveable centre – according to the 2013 Census, only 75 people live within a 500m radius of the city centre.

(The Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 18 September 2019)

Richmond traffic tipped to double

Daily vehicle movements along Lower Queen St are tipped to double over the next 10 years as about 1200 planned homes are built at Richmond West.

Experienced traffic engineer Gary Clark said the completion of the Richmond West Development Area was expected to generate about 12,000 additional vehicle movements a day on top of about 11,000 already travelling along the increasingly busy road. ‘‘So, there’s going to be a doubling of traffic on Lower Queen St,’’ Clark last week told Tasman District councillors.

Clark was speaking on behalf of his client, Richmond West Development Company Ltd, to highlight concerns about the future needs of residents of the settlement, which he said was being developed at a ‘‘rapid pace’’.

Originally earmarked for a mixture of industrial, mixed-use and residential activities, most of the land would now be developed for residential use under a special housing accord.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 18 September 2019)

Growing for the future

Environmentalist and executive director of the Ecologic Foundation, Guy Salmon, said the effect of climate change regulations could encourage more farmers into horticulture.

Salmon said that as the Emissions Trading Scheme started to place more financial pressure on ruminant agriculture (sheep, beef, dairy and deer), there would be strong incentives for farmers to move towards horticulture and forestry.

Compared to dairy and sheep and beef, most horticultural crops used far less water and produced far fewer emissions, he said.

Salmon said increased horticulture would reduce total water use, but would be more reliant on a good source of water to be able to get through droughts.

Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman said a region like Nelson, which has begun construction of the $100 million Waimea dam, was well placed to deal with the effects of climate change.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 20 September 2019)

Street closure going ahead

The closure of a Nelson intersection will begin in October, following heated public submissions to the city council for and against the trial.

Dominic Alford, who lives on Hampden St, and Jim McNabb, who lives on Locking St, presented the council with petitions at a full Nelson City Council meeting yesterday. Alford’s petition was in favour of the closure, while McNabb’s was against it.

The council is closing the intersection of Hampden St West and Waimea Rd for a year-long trial because of dangers to cyclists. McNabb said the lack of consultation with affected residents of nearby streets was a major concern, and the closure was ‘‘sprung on us’’.

Mayor Rachel Reese said that generally speaking, community engagement ‘‘must happen before you make decisions at committee’’, but in this case, once the issue was raised, works and infrastructure committee chairman Stuart Walker ‘‘felt he had a duty to the public’’ to act on it.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 20 September 2019)

New sanctuary a boon for seabirds

The creation of a new wildlife sanctuary at the top of the South Island is underway with the construction of a new predator-proof fence.

Work has started on a 200m fence across the Cape Farewell headland. Once completed, it will isolate a 2.5ha sanctuary, where it is hoped a number of threatened seabird species will be reintroduced.

The sanctuary is part of the Wharariki-Onetahua restoration project, a partnership between online retailer HealthPost, the Department of Conservation, and Manawhenua ki Mohua, who represent three local iwi.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 September 2019)

Trails missing link filled in

A major new section of the Tasman Great Taste Trail is set to open this month, connecting cyclists from Nelson to Kohatu.

On Sunday, September 29, a new 3.8km section of the cycle trail, from Pigeon Valley Rd to Hoult Valley Rd, will open to the public in Wakefield.

Cyclists will no longer have to travel on State Highway 6 between Wakefield and Wai-Iti, with the new section running next to the Wai-Iti River.

Nelson Tasman Cycle Trail Trust trail manager Josh Aldridge said the completion of the new section was a big milestone for the trust.

Aldridge said land access difficulties had slowed progress on the trail, but by October 2018 the trust had secured agreements with six landowners to build the new section.

He said all the landowners had been very supportive of the trail, with a couple, in particular, going the extra mile to help with its construction. Appleton Nurseries had donated 100 trees for the section, and another landowner had helped to plant them between the trail and their boundary.

Aldridge said he expected people to use the trail – which now stretches 60km from Nelson to Kohatu – more fully because they didn’t have to worry about riding on the road.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 21 September 2019)

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