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Property News - 28 July 2020

Debate over Maitai housing development

A several hundred home development in the Maitai Valley will "tick a lot of boxes" according to its developers, including adding more homes close to the city, cleaning up "dead" stream and allowing the public to access tracks that are currently on private land.

But opponents say the development will ruin the peace and quiet of the valley by the adding more traffic and filling a picturesque green space with hundreds of houses.

The development which is proposed to be built on former farmland in the Kaka Valley, off Ralphine Way in the Maitai Valley, will see hundreds of new homes built at around $550,000 for a house and land package.

In December Bayview sold a section of the former farm to a local consortium including the Spittal, Coman and Vercoe families and Koata Ltd. Each hold a 25 percent shareholding.

The plan is to develop 315 acres of the 800 acre area into housing, a wetland area, walking and cycle tracks and native bush.

Discussions were progressing well with council keen to see more housing close to Nelson city, but any development will need to go through three stages before being approved for constructions: firstly, residential and open space, then resource consent approval and finally construction.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 6 July 2020)

Wai-iti Reserve to be New Zealand's first Dark Sky Park

Ralph Bradley was a 10-year-old in Golden Bay when he went outside in the early hours of a morning with his father, and saw his first aurora.

The Wai-iti Recreation Reserve was about 30km south of Nelson city. Bradley said the committee, supported by the Nelson Science Society Astronomy Section, had worked with the Tasman District Council to create a Memorandum of Understanding that freed up the 135-hectare reserve and forestry area to be designated as a Dark Sky Park.

Network Tasman and Nelson Forest & Bird had also contributed to allowing the project to go ahead.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 6 July 2020)

NPD opens new discount fuel site in Tahuna

Nelson-based family owned fuel company has just opened its new self-serve discount fuel site on the corner of Parkers Rd and Muritai St in Tahunanui.

Parkers Rd is the 21st site in the Nelson-Tasman region and is open 24/7, with eight filling positions for cars.

It will also offer 100Plus, NPD's new high-octane performance petrol. 100Plus is one of the highest octane, road legal petrol grades to be offered in New Zealand from an established fuel retail network.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 6 July 2020)

Councils digesting Govt push for denser housing

In a dramatic move to reshape New Zealand’s towns and cities, the Government is moving to stop councils imposing height limits of fewer than six storeys or minimum car parking requirements in many urban centres.

Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development, quietly released yesterday, aims to increase the density of housing in urban centres by setting rules for planning decisions made by local councils.

Tasman District Council environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King said the Nelson City and Tasman District councils jointly completed the Nelson Tasman Future Development Strategy last year in anticipation of the National Policy Statement.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 24 July 2020)

Nelson projects feature in $53 million injection

Nelson’s marine and aviation technology industries stand to receive more than $12 million, while two key flooding protection projects and a kanuka processing facility are also in line for assistance, as part of a $53.3m government investment in the top of the south.

Tasman mayor Tim King welcomed the $7.5m funding, and said it would allow the Tasman District Council to strengthen the stopbanks – some of which were 64 years old – back to full effectiveness and improve flood resilience for Motueka and Riwaka.

Port Nelson Ltd and Aimex Service Group will also receive a $9.8m IRG investment to replace the ‘‘aged and inadequate small’’ Calwell Slipway at the port with a state-of-the-art replacement.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 July 2020)

Dairy farm compliance in Tasman ‘great news’

Inspections of all 126 active dairy farms in Tasman District during 2019-20 found all but one fully compliant for effluent management.

That near-perfect result follows a 95 per cent compliance rate in 2018-19, and continues a trend of improvement dating back 15 milking seasons to 2005-06, when data collection started.

All 126 farms were inspected at least once during the 2019-20 milking season, of which 123 operated as permitted activities. The remaining three had resource consents to discharge treated effluent to water.

Councillor Chris Hill pointed to the reduction in the number of consents for discharge to water – from 33 farms in 2005 to three in 2019-20 – calling it a ‘‘fantastic improvement’’.

The high rate of compliance with effluent management comes as the number of dairy farms in Tasman has fallen, from 155 in 2005-06 to 126 in 2019-20, including the loss of four over the past year.

The amount of land used for dairy farming fell from 20,934 hectares in 2016-17 to 18,238ha in 2019-20.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 July 2020)

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