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Property News: 24 September 2018

Rates reduction to save CBD

Businesses in Nelson are paying rates up to 238 per cent higher than residential properties, making up a quarter of the council's rates-takings.

The council’s plans to develop the CBD means those percentages will be reduced, with the difference being made up by increased residential rates.

Tasman residential rates are higher than residential Nelson rates, but Nelson ratepayers have a benefit their Tasman neighbours don’t: differential rates for commercial properties.

TDC rates are based on the capital value of rateable properties, so business-owners are paying rates based on the same calculation as residents. Nelson City Council (NCC) rates are based on land values with differentials, which take into account not only land values, but also the type of property and the location.

Rural properties pay a discounted rate compared to residential properties, and businesses pay an increased rate, with increases depending on location. CBD businesses are charged higher rates than businesses located in other places, like near the airport.

NCC’s corporate services group manager Nikki Harrison said the differential system was commonly used by councils.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 17 September 2018)

$3.4m profit for airport

Nelson Airport has recorded another profitable financial year, continuing the upward trajectory of New Zealand’s busiest regional airport as it advances a major development project.

Highlights of the year to June 2018 include a net profit of $3.4 million, up 12 per cent on the previous year.

Revenue also increased for the fifth year in a row, up by $1m from last year, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda) increased 10 per cent to $6.4m.

Board chairman Paul Steere said the results marked a significant year of major construction activities and unabated growth.

In other areas, Air New Zealand Regional Maintenance expanded its customer base, adding Fiji Airways to the list of international airlines now serviced by the facility at Nelson Airport.

Improvements in passenger walkway safety, upgrades to taxiways and apron parking are also being undertaken.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 17 September 2018)

CBD carpark to people park?

Nelson mayor Rachel Reese wants to “test residents’ thoughts” on converting one of our inner-city carparks into a large urban greenspace.

The idea comes after Nelson City Council last month mooted the idea of a multi-level carpark being built elsewhere in the city and the need to encourage more inner-city living.

She questions whether our inner-city carparks, including Buxton, Montgomery and Wakatu, are making the best use of “flat and sunny” land in the CBD.

Nelson City Council has been shunned in the past when $1.5 million plans to develop Montgomery Square into a pocket park in 2011 were ruled out by the high court after legal action was sought by a group of Nelson business owners.

Lack of public consultation was blamed as the key factor for its failure.

But Rachel says if we want to encourage more inner-city living, greenspaces are needed.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 19 September 2018)

Site angers residents

An ‘‘out of the blue’’ proposal for a dedicated freedom camping site near the Motueka estuary has left some residents seeing red.

A Tasman District Council-owned piece of land at the end of Courtney St East in southern Motueka has been earmarked for a $300,000 KiwiCamp facility and a wastewater dump station catering for freedom campers.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in August advised that the council would receive $660,000 from the $8.5 million Responsible Camping Fund for a range of freedom camping projects.

The funding was on the condition that the council complete the projects by December 1.

However, those living close to the site have objected to the proposal, citing a lack of consultation and a number of environmental and safety issues.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 19 September 2018)

Airport revamp late but still on budget

The first stage of the multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Nelson Airport may be behind time but it is still on budget, says chief executive Rob Evans.

Stage one of the terminal redevelopment is due to open on October 9, several months later than initially planned. Evans said the second stage was expected to be completed in October, 2019.

Jointly owned by the Nelson city and Tasman district councils, the airport company began a major redevelopment in June, 2017, that was expected to take just under two years.

However, work on stage one of the project slipped behind schedule in the first few months. Nelson Airport’s interim report for the six months to December 31 shows the target date for the commission of the first stage of the terminal redevelopment was April, 2018. The new forecast provided in the December report was August, 2018. That has since dropped further back to October 9.

Evans acknowledged the project timeline had ‘‘slipped a little bit’’. However, that time extension did not mean a budget increase.

A extension of time was in the contract, covered by project contingencies, he said.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 21 September 2018)

Search for camp site continues

People power has kept a freedom camping site away from the Motueka estuary this summer, but time is running out to find an alternative before a $300,000 funding deadline ends.

A Tasman District Council-owned piece of land at the end of Courtney St East in southern Motueka had been earmarked for a KiwiCamp unit facility and wastewater dump station.

Those living close to the site objected to the proposal, citing a lack of consultation and a number of environmental and safety issues.

Following initial feedback from residents on Monday, it was announced at Tuesday’s Motueka Community Board that the Kiwicamp site would not proceed this summer, due to public reaction.

The portable, purpose-built ablution block was to be ready for summer as part of a $660,000 district-wide allocation from central Government. The funding was on the condition that the council complete the projects by December 1.

The council was now in a race against time to find a suitable alternative before the funding deadline.

TDC communications manager Chris Choat confirmed a review of options for the KiwiCamp site was under way.

Alternative sites had been looked at near Mariri and the Lower Moutere Hall but were deemed unsuitable, he said.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 21 September 2018)

McKee campground set to reopen

Time to air out that tent – the popular McKee Memorial Recreation Reserve, near Nelson, is on track to reopen to campers in October.

‘‘We’re hoping to be open for Labour Day,’’ Tasman District Council horticultural officer Richard Hilton told councillors at the community development committee meeting on Thursday. ‘‘We should be all set to go for this summer.’’

Closed since just before former tropical cyclone Fehi hit the Nelson-Tasman region on February 1, the reserve is a prized camping spot, picnic area and low-tide walking area for visitors and residents of the region. The council-owned campground, which is relatively cheap at $6 per person a night, with youngsters under 16 free, is always full over the key summer period.

Already prone to flooding, the picturesque seaside site was hammered by the remnants of Fehi on February 1, being inundated by stormwater as well as seawater.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 22 September 2018)

Campsites made for sold-out festival

Rutherford Park and Saxton Field will be opened up to campers to cope with an influx of people to the region attending January's Bay Dreams music festival.

Bay Dreams has sold out, with more than 20,000 people expected at Nelson's Trafalgar Park on January 4. Events are also scheduled before and after at Trafalgar Centre.

If successful, it could become an annual event.

Nelson City Council approved the extra camping areas at a meeting on Thursday. It has allowed for 1500 Bay Dream ticket-holders to camp at Rutherford Park and up to 5000 people at Saxton Field from January 3 to 5 - subject to getting resource consents.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 22 September 2018)

No Property News on 1 October

Due to staff absences, there will be no Property News delivered on Monday 1 October. However, it will be back the following Monday 8 October.

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