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Property News: 24 October 2017

Countdown overhaul

Nelson's central city Countdown stores are getting an overhaul.

Contrary to local rumours, the supermarket on the corner of Halifax St and Paru Paru Rd is not shutting, but is being repainted.

Refurbishment on the St Vincent St store is due to begin at the end of October.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 16 October 2017)

Rate rises to fund dam plan

Most ratepayers in Tasman district look likely to face rate increases of $29 to $160 a year to fund the proposed Waimea dam, if the project gets the nod.

The estimates are contained in a report to be considered tomorrow by Tasman district councillors who will be asked to adopt a consultation document on the governance and funding options for the proposed $82.5 million project near Nelson.

If adopted, the document is set to be released for public consultation on Saturday with submissions due by November 26. Hearings are likely mid-December, followed by a decision on the proposals in February.

A final decision on whether to proceed with construction of the dam is not expected until May.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 18 October 2017)

New life breathed into old pub

There’s a new type of business customer frequenting the Provincial Tavern at the top of Bridge St these days.

The building that for years housed The Verdict Bar, reopened its doors this month as the home of the design agency, Hothouse, an express cafe, and a firm of accounting specialists.

Creative director of Hothouse, Allan Innes-Walker, said it made sense to relocate from Buxton Square where the company had been based for the last five or six years.

The building was stripped bare and renovated with a focus on clean lines and simple design.

At the front of the building is ‘‘Jaks Island’’, an express cafe serving healthy takeaway food.

The Provincial Tavern building also houses First Class Accounts, a franchise of accounting firms.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 18 October 2017)

Dam consultation plan approved

The public will now get its say on the $82.5 million proposal to build a dam in the Lee Valley, near Nelson.

After a lengthy discussion yesterday about the project behind closed doors and then in an open meeting, Tasman district councillors voted eight to five to adopt a consultation document on governance and funding options for the proposed dam. Cr Kit Maling withdrew himself from the discussions.

The Office of the Auditor General is investigating a complaint alleging Maling has a conflict of interest over the project.

The consultation document outlines a proposal that the council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) be joint-venture partners in the project, which is tipped to be funded by a mix of ratepayer, irrigator and Crown funding.

Called a statement of proposal, the consultation document is due to be publicly notified tomorrow, with submissions scheduled to close on November 26.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 20 October 2017)

Helicopter House auction nearing final approach path

From spray paint marks on vacant land to a head-turning feature attracting Annesbrook motorists’ attention, Nelson’s Helicopter House is just days away from completion.

Since early September, Mitre10 MEGA have partnered with the local branch of New Zealand Certified Builders Association to build a three bedroom, two bathroom and study home adjacent to the Mitre10 store.

Mitre10 Mega marketing coordinator Murray Leaning said because the destination was not known – "it could end up in a residential subdivision or it might end up 10 feet from the beach" – it had been built to "absolutely top spec".

Open homes will be held most weekends, starting this Sunday from 12-12.30pm.

A further open day will be held on November 11 from 10am-3pm.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 20 October 2017)

Richmond two storey house plan

Central Richmond could soon have more compact houses including two-storey homes under planned rule changes.

The Tasman District Council is proposing a plan change to encourage medium-density housing close to the town centre and is calling for public input.

The proposed changes to the planning rules would allow smaller section sizes of 200 square metres and greater site coverage in parts of central Richmond.

The council’s planned rule changes had provisions for sun, light and privacy to "help ensure these smaller homes are a comfortable and attractive option for people".

Proposed changes include:

  • a new minimum lot size of 200sqm, down from 350 sqm;
  • increased building coverage of 50 per cent;
  • increased building height of 7.5m (two storeys);
  • building setbacks and design to allow for sun, light and privacy;
  • reduced parking requirement of one space per dwelling and one visitor park per three dwellings.

Visit to learn more and make a submission or submission forms can be picked up at the council’s Queen St office.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 20 October 2017)

Nelson asked for $5m dam grant

Nelson ratepayers will soon get their say on a proposed $5 million grant to the Waimea Dam project.

The Nelson City Council voted on Wednesday to release its statement of proposal to the community, with a preferred option of granting $5m to Tasman District Council (TDC) for the controversial dam project.

The dam has been designed to address an over-allocation of water in the Waimea Plains.

The total cost of the dam is an estimated $82.5m, proposed to be funded by a mix of ratepayer, irrigator and Crown funding.

City council staff told councillors the dam would serve residential and industrial users in the Nelson South area. This includes the Alliance and ENZA businesses, which have individual contracts with TDC.

A report to the council said if the dam does not go ahead, TDC would give three years’ notice to stop water supply to Nelson South.

A TDC consultation document said it would likely to take out a loan to fund the $5m if the city council decides not to invest in the project, or TDC could aim to recoup costs through the fees and charges for water supply to NCC.

Another option for the Nelson council was supplying from other areas - the Maitai Dam has been mentioned but it has issues with organic matter and would need pre-treatment costing $15m - $20m.

If Nelson City Council weren’t to connect to the dam, it would need to spend an estimated $3.2m to build pipes and infrastructure to connect Nelson South to the Nelson water supply.

The NCC needs access to around 1000 cubic metres per day for Nelson South and if it ever needed more it would pay somewhere between $15m and $20m in "capital investment" for increased access to the dam.

The $5m grant to the dam is proposed to be paid over a two year period, between 2018 and 2020.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 20 October 2017)

Thought for the Week

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

(Paul Ehrlich)