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Property News: 10th November 2014

PAYING FOR DAM A POSER

Should the estimated $74.6 million cost of the proposed Waimea Community Dam be spread over 35 years to capture future ratepayers?  Should Waimea Plains irrigators pay on water used rather than by flat rates?   And is 30 percent of the dam's water too much to set aside for environmental flows?  A Tasman District Council commissioned report by the NZ Institute of Economic Research teases out such questions and considers various scenarios around how to pay for the dam.  All the reports on the project raised the question of affordability - be it for a pensioner living in Waimea Village or a small land owner on Waimea Plains.

NCC SEEKS VOICE IN DAM'S USE

The Nelson City Council supports the construction of the Waimea Community Dam, but any financial assistance would be dependent on a role in the dam's governance.  At its latest council meeting Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese said the dam was an important part of regional economic development, but funding would only come if the council had public support and a say in land and water use.  NCC had contributed $413,000 to the Tasman District Council to help develop a plan for water allocation on the Waimea Plains.  The investigation has been on going for 11 years.

(The Nelson Mail Monday, November 03, 2014) 

BAND HALL FOR THE WRECKERS

Nelson City Council is set to spend $50,000 demolishing the earthquake risk prone Highland Pipe Band Hall, making way for continued development along the Maitai Walkway.  The Rutherford Park site will be grassed and eventually used as an events lawn, in line with the Rutherford and Trafalgar Parks redevelopment plan.  The skatepark that sits beside the building will be left as is, but council staff said it could be removed in the future. The demolition of the building would improve access to the Trafalgar Centre, which was due to reopen in 2016, council staff said. Other buildings that fall within the redevelopment plan, such as the Nelson Community Arts Centre and the Barton Range for the Nelson Smallbore Rifle Association, will also be demolished but the timeframe for that could be up to 20 years away.

(The Nelson Mail Wednesday, November 05, 2014) 

NZ's ONLY TENT CAMP RESTORED

When Max Polglase built the original tent camp in Cobb Valley in 1973 for a team of forestry workers who were upgrading the track, he would hardly have expected for it to one day become the last one in New Zealand. This week a crowd gathered at the newly upgraded tent camp, three hours walk from the end of Cobb Valley Rd, to officially re-open it. The project was led by Takaka Department of Conservation historic visits asset manager John Taylor on a minimal budget. Businesses and volunteers also pitched in to resurrect the structure, which was in a rundown state. Tent camps, described as a hybrid between a hut and a tent, became a feature of New Zealand in the 1950's during the forestry service and deer stalker days. By the 1970's they began to die out. Perhaps due to the extra layer of canvas protecting the Cobb Valley camp, it survived the elements and was relocated and rebuilt further up Cobb Valley by DOC ranger Hugh Mytton in the 1980's.

(The Nelson Mail Wednesday, November 05, 2014) 

POOL CHECK FEE SHOCKS

A $210 fee for swimming pool inspections has riled a Nelson resident.  The Nelson City Council has sent letters to all homeowners or occupants with a private swimming or spa pools on their property, advising them of upcoming inspections.  The council introduced the new inspection system in 2012 to comply with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act. Council building manager Martin Brown said the aim of the act was to make sure private swimming and spa pools were adequately fenced to prevent children drowning.  The council was obliged to carry out inspections.

(The Nelson Mail Thursday, November 06, 2014) 

COUNCILS: WE HAVE HOUSING LAND

The Nelson region's two mayors are non-committal on possible housing accords with the Government but say there's no shortage of land for subdivision in their areas.  Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith, Nelson's MP, has already signed accords with the councils in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Bay of Plenty, Tauranga and Queenstown.  Next week he's meeting the Tasman District Council, and the Nelson City Council will soon also be on the schedule. The accords, signed under the Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas Act, are tailored for each authority.  They aim to ensure a supply of suitable land and remove regulatory barriers that hold up housing development.  Smith said ministerial staff were doing preliminary work on the Nelson region's land supply and canvassing the "development community".  "I am getting anecdotal evidence from the building community that there has recently developed a shortage of available sections and that is holding back our housing sector," he said.  However the mayors both said there was a good supply of building land. Nelson's Rachel Reese said Marsden Valley, the inner city and city fringe, parts of Enner Glynn and Tasman Heights, and Atawhai all offered scope.  Tasman's Richard Kempthorne said affordable housing had been an issue.  "My understanding is that we have quite a lot of sections available, or in the process of being available. That's what we'll be talking through with Nick."  Neither the mayors nor Smith would say ahead of their meetings if accords would result.  But Smith said the legislation allowed the fast-tracking of the planning and resource consent processes for new housing developments "and with the feedback I'm getting from the building sector, I'm keen to use that tool locally".  "I'm not satisfied that housing in Nelson is affordable for our average families.  Too much of the new housing stock that has been built is at the high end of the market."  If he decided to press ahead and the councils agreed, he would aim to have the accords signed early next year.

(The Nelson Mail Thursday, November 06, 2014) 

TASMAN HOME VALUES DECLINE

Nelson is up and Tasman down in property values.  Latest figures from Quotable Value show Nelson house values for October edged up 1.5 per cent over the past three months and grew 2.5 per cent in a year.  The average value is now $407,449.  In Tasman, the average value is $411,148, with values falling 0.6 per cent in the past three months and dropping 0.4 per cent in a year.  QV registered valuer Richard Kolff said: "Both Tasman and Nelson have seen the usual spring time increase in properties coming onto the market with listings in both districts increasing over the past month.  "Nelson has had similar number of sales as last month and values have continued to increase slowly.  "Conversely, Tasman has had a lower number of sales against a backdrop of higher listing numbers and values have dropped slightly."

 

House Values

 

Average current value 12-month change
Nelson $407,449 up 2.5%
Tasman $411,148 down 0.4%
Source QV

(The Nelson Mail Friday, November 07, 2014) 

NCC MAY CHIP IN TO IMPROVE SAXTON

Saxton Field could be in for a series of upgrades ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup, if the Nelson City Council agrees to contribute $62,000.  The money would go towards seats at the cricket pavilion, a new events fire alarm system connected with the Saxton Pavilion, an upgrade of the utilities shed's fire protection system and a new athletics gear shed. Athletics Nelson has already raised some of the money for the shed, and the council would contribute an extra $12,000. Council staff told councillors at yesterday's governance committee meeting that the extra money would ensure the shed was "sympathetic to the landscape of Saxton Field".

(The Nelson Mail Friday, November 07, 2014) 

MULTI-HOME PROPERTIES TO PAY EXTRA FOR RECYCLING

Tasman landowners within the refuse recycling rating area on titles with more than one home will be invoiced for the cost of providing recycling services to those additional homes next year, if they want the extra collection service.  The district council rates 18,700 homes $136 a year to collect kerbside recycling weekly. Next year the council and its waste contractor Smart Environmental Ltd plan to roll out 240-litre wheelie bins to households across the recycling rating area.

(The Nelson Mail Friday, November 07, 2014) 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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