Dam cost worries Waimea Plains farmer
Waimea Plains landowner Don Yelverton says he’s concerned about how much the proposed Waimea dam could cost him as an irrigator and a ratepayer.
‘‘I’m not so much anti dam, I’m anti how it’s going to be paid for,’’ he said.
Yelverton said he was concerned about a possible council underwrite of the proposed $25m loan from Crown Irrigation Investments because he did not believe irrigators would be able to pay back the money.
The Tasman District Council and dam proponent, Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL), are potential partners in the estimated $82.5 million dam project in the Lee Valley. The council has earmarked $25m in its Long Term Plan 2015-25.
WIL proposes raising at least $15m from irrigators along with up to $25m via a 15-year loan from Crown Irrigation Investments Ltd, which acts on behalf of the Government as a bridging investor for regional water infrastructure development. It is anticipated other funds may come from the Nelson City Council and the Ministry for the Environment.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 17 July 2017)
Flooding fears for Pohara SHA
Golden Bay residents who live near a 70 lot subdivision earmarked as a special housing development say the flood-prone area needs fixing before consent is granted.
The new subdivision on Richmond Rd in the popular holiday destination of Pohara was one of the first eight Special Housing Areas the Tasman District Council recently approved.
Residents have been pressuring the council to fix the faulty stormwater system there for years, and they fear lower-lying properties could flood.
In 2011, Pohara residents were flooded out of their homes twice due to flooding.
Council spokesperson, Chris Choat, reassured residents the Special Housing Area application was on hold until the stormwater issues were solved. A finalised stormwater model had been designed including bunding, a large swale and upgrades to culverts, which would need to be complemented by the developer.
‘‘The next phase is to secure resource consents and land agreements. Physical work is proposed to begin in October 2017.’’
(The Nelson Mail, Tuesday 18 July 2017)
War over house placement ends
Motueka couple, Linda Glew and Sally Robertson, can finally enjoy their new home stress free, two years after they discovered it had been built in the wrong spot.
That discovery led to heartache for the pair as they battled to get a resolution from Orange Residential, the housing company that managed the build, and the Tasman District Council.
The council's inspection report for the siting and foundations noted: "Boundary pegs, profiles, stringlines in place, distances to boundary as per plan ..." and goes on to say: "Fine to pour."
It was July 2015 when they showed a friend their then partially-built Kerei St house and he pointed out its close proximity to the boundary.
It meant that once the fence was built, the side door on the garage would not have been able to open even 90 degrees and some of the spouting would have protruded over the neighbouring property.
After discussions with TDC and the housing company, the "worried sick" pair told Orange Residential Homes managing director and founder David Orange that ideally, they wanted some of the vacant section to the east of their home so the boundary could be readjusted, enabling the house to sit as planned with practical space down the side.
That was in September, just days before they were due to move in.
Orange did secure that land and a boundary readjustment was made.
The couple did not move into their new home until March 2016, six months later than planned because the house did not have its code compliance certificate and they wanted to have the boundary issue resolved before taking possession.
They had a claim of $18,780 that included reimbursement for rental and storage costs during that time along with compensation for distress.
TDC chief executive Lindsay McKenzie on Tuesday said a settlement had been reached that involved the council's insurers and Orange.
(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 20 July 2017)
Donation boosts reserve project
Kahikatea, rimu and kanuka are among the native trees that will soon be planted alongside the Coastal Highway, near the turnoff to Mapua.
Thousands of native trees were donated by Trees that Count as part of an initiative with Z service stations around the country.
Those that filled up their car at Z last Thursday contributed to the cause, with 6 cents from every litre of fuel donated to the native tree planting organisation.
Nelson was one of four regions selected as the recipients of 5000 native trees which will be planted at the Dominion Flats Reserve and neighbouring Higgs Reserve, either side of Mapua Drive off the Coastal Highway.
Mapua and District Community Association executive member Helen Bibby said the Dominion Flats project began in late 2013 and in that time, over 30,000 natives had been planted over six hectares of council reserve land.
Tasman Environmental Trust chair, Gillian Bishop, said 1000 trees would be planted in the Dominion Flats Reserve and the other 4000 trees would be planted across the road at Higgs Reserve.
(The Nelson Mail, Thursday 20 July 2017)
Wakatu sells share in Ocean View apartments
Wakatu Incorporation has pulled out of Ocean View, Tahunanui's Special Housing Area, selling its share to new owners.
Ocean Views 2004 Limited took responsibility over the building on June 30 which will see a $30 million development built on Beach Rd as part of the Government's Special Housing Area (SHA) scheme.
It's hoped construction on the project will start in October.
The company's directors, Tony and Christie Vining, have been working with Wakatu Incorporation for the unconditional sale since March.
Vining was formerly in a joint venture with Wakatu, who owned the land, for the project but is now taking full responsibility of the SHA and has bought the land with the newly-incorporated company.
Wakatu's decision to bow out was due to commitments to other Nelson real estate projects.
Wakatu general manager, Iain Sheves, said the Board decided to leave the Tahunanui project "in order to concentrate on other property projects", like the Paru Paru Rd SHA development.
The site will be developed in three stages with the apartments built in two modular phases. The commercial side of the development will follow.
The apartment prices in stage one range from $595,000 to $1.85 million.
The design was a joint venture by Arthouse Architects and Aaron Walton Architecture and Design. Scott Construction has been contracted for the build.
The complex will be five storeys with ground-floor parking and four storeys of living space, overlooking Beach Rd, Tahuanui sports field and the beach beyond that.
Vining said there had been some minor changes to the design since plans were shown at last year's June council meeting, to allow for a modular build.
The resource consent for Ocean View was approved by Nelson City Council last year.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 21 July 2017)
Dam land plan heads to court
Three landowners who have part of their properties earmarked for the proposed Waimea dam project are heading to court.
Tasman District Council chief executive, Lindsay McKenzie, said objections to the council’s compulsory acquisition of land under the Public Works Act had been lodged with the Environment Court on behalf of three landowners.
A TDC application to the Environment Court for a priority fixture had been granted with a likely hearing date of October 9, McKenzie said.
Land in the Lee Valley owned by several parties is earmarked by the council for acquisition under the Public Works Act for the $82.5 million dam project.
The objections come after TDC in May served notices of intention to take the land to the three landowners.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 21 July 2017)
Thought for the Week
I guess it's safe to say that practice makes perfect.
It makes sense, then, to be careful what you practice.