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Property News - 11 June 2021

Parents fear plan for schools

Proposals to expand primary schools near Nelson to cater for skyrocketing student numbers are worrying some parents, who fear their children will miss out on opportunities at their local intermediate school.

Turning five primary schools southwest of Richmond into full primary schools – and building a new primary – is one of three options put forward by the Ministry of Education, which predicts there will be more than 3000 more state school students in the region by 2048.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 31 May 2021)

Too much cash in accounts a nice surprise for council

Strong residential development in the Tasman district has pumped millions of dollars into the reserve accounts of some wards, with councillors wondering how to spend the money.

Under Tasman District Council rules, developers pay reserve financial contributions (RFCs) at 5.62 per cent of the value of all new allotments, less the value of any land taken for reserves or walkways. These funds are to offset the effect of growth in the wards where the development occurs. That funding is used to buy land and fund capital improvements on reserves such as playgrounds, sports fields and libraries as well as capital work for other recreational activities.

With the high level of development in and around Richmond, it is not surprising the Richmond ward RFC balance is the healthiest at just over $6.9 million. That is followed by $3.8m in the combined RFC account for the Moutere-Waimea and Murchison Lakes wards. The Motueka ward account has more than $2.4m, while the Golden Bay ward balance is $354,000.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 31 May 2021)

Group eyes subdivision legal fight

Save the Maitai campaigners plan to launch a legal challenge to a proposed residential subdivision in the Kaka Valley.

Speakers from the group outlined potential legal avenues to stop the development to an audience of about 200 at the Boathouse on Monday night.

The subdivision is proposed for a 287-hectare site about 3 kilometres from the Nelson central business district. It stretches from Atawhai over the hills and down through Kaka Valley, which is linked to the Maitai Valley.

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. The group lodged a private plan change application to the Nelson City Council in April.

The total proposed number of houses in the development is 750, but the Save the Maitai campaign is focused on stopping 550 slated for the Kaka Valley.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 2 June 2021)

Marina management change afoot

Changes are afoot at the Nelson Marina, with a new master plan and management model on the horizon.

The Nelson City Council is set to formally take over management of the marina on July 1, with the current contract with Nelmac set to be terminated on June 30.

Earlier in March the council appointed Nigel Skeggs as the new marine manager, for the role of managing the marina and investigating the preferred governance model for the future.

Skeggs, who is originally from Nelson, said he was looking forward to transforming his hometown marina ‘‘into the sort of modern, highly functional facility that Nelson deserves’’.

Part of that work has included hiring a new marina team, drawing up a new licence agreement for berth holders, and facilitating changes intended to streamline payments and improve services for users.

In deliberations on the Long-Term Plan in May, $14.8 million worth of funding was allocated to the marina over the course of the next 10 years.

Along with this funding, a new marina master plan is being developed to set the vision for the marina for the next decade.

While the land-based element of the master plan has been completed, work is still yet to be finished on the water-based part of the project. Because of this, the council approved bringing forward $800,000 worth of hardstand improvements from years 7 and 8 to year 1 of the plan, to address a range of health and safety issues.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 2 June 2021)

Church at centre of project

A developer has bought a central Nelson church and plans to build 40 affordable rental apartments around the heritage building.

The proposal is to build two and three-storey apartment blocks at the site of the Trinity Presbyterian Church on Nile St.

Soho Group, which builds and maintains public housing developments around New Zealand, bought the 4047-square-metre property next to Nelson Central School in January.

Managing director Sam Wallace said Soho9 was excited to bring quality housing to Nelson while respecting the historic church.

The resource consent application was submitted to the Nelson City Council on May 24. The plans would see the 130-year-old church retained but other buildings on the site demolished.

Under the proposal, there will be two-storey blocks along one side of the property, backing onto neighbouring houses, and three-storey blocks along the border with the school field. There will be 14 one-bedroom and 26 two-bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 55sqm to 78sqm.

A manager’s office, a large shared grass space and eight car parks are also proposed.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 4 June 2021)

Funding boost for land restoration project

A collaborative effort to regenerate land damaged in the Pigeon Valley fires has received a $1 million funding boost.

The Tasman District Council has received just under $1m from Te Uru Rakau – New Zealand Forest Service for its Teapot Valley/Pigeon Valley fire restoration project, with landowners Tasman Pine Forests Ltd contributing another $70,000 in cash and resources. The 2019 Pigeon Valley fire burnt through about 2400 hectares of which 1400ha was pine forest.

Three sites within Teapot Valley will be restored through weed control, replanting in about 10ha of the area, and direct seeding.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 4 June 2021)

For sale: Home of leaks, meth and litigation

A three-bedroom Richmond home for sale on Trade Me is described as a ‘‘do up’’, or a semi-retirement project.

The property next door recently sold for $740,000.

But the house at 28 Blair Terrace is a leaky home with a starring role in a High Court battle, and is likely to sell for a more modest amount at its deadline sale.

An October High Court ruling described how the home required $540,000 in remediation, a shade higher than owner Glenda White paid for the property five years ago.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 5 June 2021)

Dam investigation gets council nod

An independent investigation will look at the quality of advice and background information provided to Tasman District Council up to and including the final decision to proceed with the Waimea dam project.

Councillors yesterday agreed to an investigation of that information including an assessment of the role of council officers in providing advice and supporting information.

That vote follows calls from several people including councillor Dean McNamara for an independent inquiry in the wake of escalating costs with the project. The latest forecast cost to complete the dam is $158.4 million, up from $129.4m. That $129.4m estimate was already $53.5m above an estimate of $75.9m that went out for public consultation in October 2017 and $25m more than a $104.5m estimate at the time the decision to proceed was finalised on November 30, 2018.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 5 June 2021)

Pole vault proposal gets lift off

Saxton Field is a step closer to filling out its track and field facilities after winning council approval to help fund a new pole vault area.

During the Long Term Plan deliberations last month the Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council approved $18,000 each for the project.

The Top of the South Athletics Charitable Trust had advocated for the facility in its submissions to both councils. In the proposal the trust estimated the cost of the proposal would be about $65,000, and were able to put up 40 per cent of the funds.

Speaking to the submission, spokesman Derek Shaw said Saxton Field was the only track and field facility with an all-weather track in the South Island which didn’t have a pole vault facility.

Shaw said this was the last major field facility needed to host the full suite of field events for junior, senior, and masters athletes – and would help ensure major meets could continue to be held in Nelson-Tasman.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 5 June 2021)