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Property News: 30 September 2019

New suburb for Richmond

A new suburb is taking shape in Richmond West as developers gear up to have a commercial centre and 482 residential lots completed in about seven years.

Stage one of the 14-stage The Meadows development was released last week with 39 lots going on sale at the site. Stages two and four, with a combined total of 56 lots, are due to be released in early November.

Richmond West Development Company Ltd is the owner, developer and marketer of the site. The Meadows follows the company’s 71-lot adjacent development called The Fields.

The Meadows and The Fields are in turn part of a wider development on 51ha bordered by Lower Queen St and McShane Rd that includes a $130 million Arvida Group retirement village now under construction. The whole site was announced as a Special Housing Area in August 2017.

The subdivisions are part of what is effectively a new suburb known as the Richmond West Development Area.

That area is tipped to have about 1200 new homes within 10 years and generate an additional 12,000 vehicle movements a day.

Along with 482 residential lots, The Meadows is earmarked to include a commercial area and reserve at its centre.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 23 September 2019)

Rapid growth drives road rethink

The rapid progress of what is effectively a new suburb on the outskirts of Richmond may drive earlier-than-planned upgrades of its surrounding roading network.

Stage one of the 482-lot Richmond West development, called The Meadows, was released last week, with 39 lots going on sale. Stages two and four, with a combined total of 56 lots, are due to be released in early November.

The Meadows is just one of the residential developments earmarked for the Richmond West Development Area, which is tipped to have about 1200 new homes. Based on current projections, most of those will be built within seven years. The large size of the developments and their rapid pace have led to concerns about the corresponding increase in vehicles, with daily traffic movements tipped to double.

Tasman District Council transportation manager Jamie McPherson said the Long Term Plan 2018-28 and Transportation Activity Management Plan outlined some projects to deal with the effects of growth in the area. These included an upgrade of the intersection of Berryfield Drive and Lower Queen St in 2023-24, a widening and upgrade of Lower Queen St between Gladstone Rd and McShane Rd from 2028, and an upgrade of McShane Rd in 2027-28.

However, the timing of those projects would be reviewed during the preparation of the 2021-31 LTP, he said.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 25 September 2019)

New library's site confirmed

Motueka’s Decks Reserve has been confirmed as the site for a new multimillion-dollar library, with construction due to start in 2020.

The planned new 1100 sqm, single-storey building will replace the existing library on Pah St, which has been found to be too small and no longer fit for purpose.

Earlier this year, the Tasman District Council ran a community survey to gauge support for its preferred Decks Reserve site, fronting Wallace St between the Kiyosato Japanese Gardens and the i-SITE. It received 382 responses, of which 67 per cent supported that site.

A feasibility study and separate community survey in late 2018 also reflected support for a new library on the Decks Reserve site.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 25 September 2019)

Queen of public toilets

The Queens Gardens public toilets set the Nelson City Council back by more than $30,000 per square metre.

The final cost of the 15 sqm toilet block, which contains two unisex toilets, one of which is accessible for the disabled and has a baby change table, came to $455,000. The cost per square metre was $30,333.

A new toilet block in Akaroa with seven unisex toilets and a male-only room with a toilet and four urinals cost just $175,000 more than the designer loos outside the Suter Art Gallery, at $630,000.

Upgrades due for the Tahunanui and Millers Acre facilities have expected budgets of $650,000 and $564,500 respectively, plus government grants of $250,000 from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund towards each one.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 27 September 2019)

Prices drop but council logs profits

Most of the logs harvested from Tasman District Council forests are supplied to the local market, meaning it is ‘‘well placed’’ to ride out a drop in export prices.

In a staff report, council commercial portfolio manager Andrew Ellis says export log prices dropped by about $40 a tonne in June. This prompted questions about whether the council should reduce its level of harvesting.

‘‘However, the majority of our logs are supplied to the local market, which has not experienced the same drop in prices,’’ Ellis says. ‘‘The council is well placed to ride out the current low export log prices.’’

The council has a forestry estate of more than 2700ha.

Ellis says harvesting on Rabbit Island, which produces about 80 per cent of local market logs, is unchanged. ‘‘Rabbit Island is one of the few sources of pruned logs in the region, and the trees have superior stiffness. In addition, the forest is cost-efficient.’’

A harvest crew is also operating in the Borlase forest, near Tapawera, which produces about 50 per cent of export logs.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 27 September 2019)

Developing a centre of possibilities

A vibrant and liveable Nelson city centre will be a priority for the incoming council.

It’s one of the key priorities in the Nelson City Council’s Long Term Plan and has seen the appointment of Alan Gray, a landscape architect and urban designer whose CV includes 10 years working on Auckland’s waterfront.

Gray has spent the past year in Nelson developing the City Centre Programme Plan, a document recently adopted by the council.

Under the new plan, the area’s development will be focused under six key objectives to attract more events to the city, develop more third spaces – places where people can spend time and connect with each other – and increase the liveability of the city centre, including improving walkability and increased housing options.

Early indications of this can already be seen, in August’s inaugural 4 Lanes Festival and the beginning of the Make/Shift Spaces programme.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 28 September 2019)

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