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Property News - 10 July 2020

Forest management consultation closing

Consultation on how Nelson City Council manages its commercial forests will close this week.

The council is seeking public feedback on its plan to seek Forest Stewardship Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a globally recognised forestry standards authority.

The city council owns several forestry blocks, managed by PF Olsen, in the Brook, Maitai, Roding, and Marsden Valley.

PF Olsen has prepared a Forest Management Plan for the next five years, from June 2020 until June 2025, to achieve the certification.

The plan includes reference to Nelson Council’s plan to convert some of its commercial forestry blocks from douglas pine, which is prone to spreading, to either radiata for continued commercial harvesting, or back into native forest.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 29 June 2020)

Fast-track plans for new bridge

A new 70m-long bridge is one of six projects Tasman District Council plans to fast-track to help stimulate the construction sector in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The planned two-lane vehicle and pedestrian-cycle bridge is to be built across Borck Creek along Berryfield Drive in Richmond West. It will connect the two halves of the large and rapidly growing residential development.

More than 3000 people are expected to eventually live at Richmond West and use the bridge. Construction of the bridge was planned for the 2021-22 year but councillors last week agreed to bring the project forward to 2020-21 and put in another $300,000. That additional funding takes the council’s contribution to $1.25 million for the bridge, which is estimated to cost $1.9m.

Council activity planning manager Dwayne Fletcher told councillors a request would be made for a Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) subsidy for the project.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 1 July 2020)

‘Grossly excessive’ fees for development cut

‘‘Grossly excessive’’ council fees of more than half a million dollars for a planned city development have been cut after the charging policy was found wanting.

The properties at 46 and 48 Trafalgar St are intended for redevelopment into 13 smaller sections.

Under the council’s current policy, neighbourhood reserve contributions are calculated with a formula that uses the land value as a guide, with the assumption that the council would have to pay for land at a similar value within walking distance to provide a new park.

This method of calculation would have required the Trafalgar St developers to front up with $557,427 just in neighbourhood reserve fees, plus a further $12,760 in general reserve contributions.

But after reconsidering the case the council approved a special dispensation to reduce those fees to an estimated $200,000, pending final valuation of the 11 new lots.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 1 July 2020)

Master plan for Maitai

The master plan for a proposed greenfields development of 700 lots near central Nelson is being developed in conjunction with Nelson City Council.

Earmarked for a 310ha block of land stretching from Atawhai over the hills and down through Kaka Valley, the development may take 30-40 years to complete if it is given the nod.

A syndicate of two companies is behind the venture, known as the Maitahi-Bayview development – Maitai Development Co General Partner Ltd and Bayview Nelson Ltd.

Director Richard Pollock’s company, Bayview Holdings Nelson Ltd, is the majority shareholder of Bayview Nelson Ltd. The other directors are Geoffrey Harley and Nigel Stevens.

Maitai Development Co directors are Ben Coman, Graham Vercoe, Andrew Spittal and Koata Ltd chief executive Hemi Toia. Koata Ltd is the commercial arm of Ngati Koata.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 3 July 2020)

Residents between rock and hard place over repair bill

An oversight made more than 10 years ago by the residents of a private way in Nelson has resulted in a hefty price tag for road repairs.

The residents of Henrietta Way in Washington Valley want their predicament to serve as a warning to others in a similar situation.

The eight households on the road have had to pool together $24,000 to fix up the potholes and tar seal damage that has accumulated since the subdivision was set up 15 years ago.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 3 July 2020)

Recreation park to replace pine plantations

Commercial forestry will be retired from the land above Richmond and the 150-hectare site made available for more recreation under a new name: Kingsland Forest Park.

The Tasman District Council strategy and policy committee on Thursday adopted the Kingsland Forest Development Plan, which paves the way for the changes to the council-owned forest, which is already a popular spot for recreation – mountainbiking, walking and dog walking in particular.

A draft plan was released for feedback in December 2019. It attracted 212 submissions, most in support of the proposal to retire the plantation forestry and replant the land in permanent native trees and mixed exotic woodland.

More mountainbiking and walking tracks were also proposed.

Some submitters made other suggestions. Based on those, the hearing panel recommended some changes to the draft plan, which the committee adopted. Those are:

- Suggestions for which species to plant and techniques to regenerate native bush will be further considered in a detailed planting plan.

- Assessing the intersections between downhill mountainbiking tracks and walking tracks to make them as safe as possible.

- Considering providing some easier-grade mountainbiking tracks.

- Along with plans for a public toilet at Easby Park, the council will consider the development of a simple vault toilet for Richmond Hill.

- Staff will continue to work with Fire and Emergency New Zealand to develop risk and mitigation approaches for reserves and significant recreation areas including Kingsland Forest Park.

- Planning is under way to provide increased car parking at Easby Park.

- The forest will be renamed Kingsland Forest Park to signify that its main use is changing to recreation.

Replanting the forest is expected to cost about $780,000, spread over several years. Council staff have proposed that Richmond Reserve Financial Contributions be used to meet that cost.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 4 July 2020)

Toll canopy tops off development

Construction of a 1200-square-metre canopy at Toll New Zealand's Nelson depot has become a prominent sight for motorists on State Highway 6 Whakatu Drive in recent weeks.

The Coman Construction-built canopy is being suspended on six concrete pillars along the motorway boundary of the Airport Estate industrial development.

About 40 lights are also being installed to enable better visibility for evening and early-morning operations for the transport company. It is due to be completed early next week.

The canopy is the latest addition to the industrial zone, which 16 years ago was a bare piece of land diseccted by the Stoke Bypass road project.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 4 July 2020)

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