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Property News: 5 June 2018

Work starts on Arvida village

Earthworks have started for a new $130 million Arvida Group residential development on the outskirts of Richmond.

From the 8ha site off Lower Queen St, Arvida chief executive Bill McDonald shied away from calling the planned multi-stage development a retirement village.

The likes of a planned cafe, gym and pool along with cycle trails and pathways were designed to also appeal to the wider community, he said.

The Arvida village is planned over about five stages, likely to be constructed over four to five years. Once complete, it will have about 150 one, two or three-bedroom villas along with 60 to 80 care suites. A commercial area is also planned next to Borck Creek, along with a village hub at a bridge to be built over Poutama Drain, which crosses the site.

Construction of the first 30 villas was expected to start this year. This would be followed by another 30 villas plus a clubroom, as well as the beginnings of the ‘‘public interface commercial area’’.

Arvida is keen to get ideas from the public for the name of its new village. Send ideas to by next Monday. The winning name is due to be announced at the end of June, with its creator receiving a hamper of local produce.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 28 May 2018)

Tahuna camp $1m in debt

The future of the Tahuna Holiday Park is unclear as the society that governs the camp is revealed to have run up almost $1 million in debt, the Nelson Weekly has learned.

Nelson City Council owns the land and then leases it back to the society to run it. The lease of the 22-hectare camp is up on June 1 and at a closed doors meeting last week council decided to renew the society's lease until next year.

According to the financial statements of the Tahuna Camp Incorporated Society, it is more than $907,000 in debt with the Tahuna Cafe and shop losing $250,000 in the last two years.

Council's acting group manager community services Roger Ball says the renewal of the lease ensures 'business as usual' for the camp and that planning can be put in place for another busy summer season.

Three years ago the society announced plans to revitalise the 92-year-old camp as part of a 20-year vision to turn it more into a "resort style" destination.

(The Nelson Weekly, Tuesday 29 May 2018)

Local bill an option to get land for dam

A local bill could be a relatively quick way for Tasman District Council to gain access to Crown land needed for the proposed Waimea dam, says Nelson MP Nick Smith.

"I think it's quite doable this year." he said.

The 9.6ha in question is Crown conservation land in Mt Richmond Forest Park, administered by the Department of Conservation. It is earmarked for the reservoir of the proposed dam in the Lee Valley.

DOC has said the long-planned transer of ownership to the council through the Public Works Act could not proceed as proposed, so the council has determined that a local bill is the likely best option for securing the land.

Local bills deal with matters confined to a particular locality, and must be promoted by a local authority. They are intended to change or limit the effect of the general law in its application to the locality concerned. The local MP is often the member in charge of a local bill.

Smith said that as the Nelson MP he was likely to be the member in charge of the proposed local bill.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 30 May 2018)

Large fine for 'gross pollution'

Contractors developing a large Nelson retirement village have been fined $90,000 for ‘‘gross pollution’’ of a stream.

At an Environment Court hearing in Nelson, Judge Brian Dwyer said sediment from earthworks discharged into Maire Stream meant the population of indigenous banded kokopu had sharply declined and may not recover.

Directors for KB Quarries and KB Contracting and Quarries earlier pleaded guilty to charges brought under the Resource Management Act which related to three specific instances when sediment-laden water was discharged from two earthworks treatment ponds into the stream.

The judge found the offending to be serious, and the protection of indigenous fauna of ‘‘national importance’’.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 1 June 2018)

Some TDC ratepayers face 12 per cent hike

Some Tasman district ratepayers may face a rates hike or drop of 12 per cent in 2018-19, mayor Richard Kempthorne says.

A small number of property owners may face even higher decreases or increases.

An overall rates income increase of 2.31 per cent has been earmarked.

The fluctuations come from a combination of the overall rates income rise of 2.31 per cent and a 2017 revaluation by Quotable Value of properties in the district. This revaluation found that overall, there was a 22.3 per cent increase in capital values.

A revaluation does not increase or decrease the council’s total rating income, but it does affect how rates are allocated. If the council’s rates income was a pie, a ratepayer’s slice might get bigger if his or her property value increased by more than the average, which was 22.3 per cent in the 2017 revaluation.

The likely rates income hike of 2.31 per cent for 2018-19 reflects the implications of the decisions made by the Tasman District Council during its recent deliberations on the draft Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018-28. It is above a proposed increase of 1.91 per cent, which featured in the LTP consultation document.

Kempthorne said the larger-than-anticipated rates income increase for 2018-19 was partly due to some projects being brought forward. Other costs had been added.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 1 June 2018)

Battle over grandstand not finished

Two community groups in Golden Bay fighting to save a historic grandstand from demolition are still not giving up.

One has requested to meet the new Tasman District Council boss and has asked her to review the decision to demolish the more than 100-year-old building.

The Golden Bay Grandstand Restoration Society last week made a last-ditch plea to council to remove the squash courts and rear lean-to and leave the grandstand in situ for 12 months while it prepared a restoration plan.

This was a move away from an earlier agreement for the upper portion of the grandstand to be moved off council land and into storage, and then back to its new location 18m southeast of its original location.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 1 June 2018)

Call for second dam instalment delayed

Waimea Irrigators Ltd has pushed back the date for the second instalment of its water share purchase price, as the timeline slips for the proposed dam in the Lee Valley.

Initially, a call for the second instalment of 25 per cent was expected to be made on July 1. However, Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) project manager Natasha Berkett yesterday said WIL had informed shareholders that the second instalment would not be required this calendar year.

The first call of the share subscription – 50 per cent – was due in April, followed by the planned second call on July 1 and the final call a year later for the remaining 25 per cent.

Berkett said the joint venture project team was revising the timeline for the dam.

The move follows a decision by the council to draft a local bill to seek access to 9.6ha of Mt Richmond Forest Park land that is earmarked for the dam reservoir.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 2 June 2018)

Thought for the Week

A problem well stated is a problem half solved.

(Charles Kettering)