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Property News - 18 November 2020

Hub for homeless to open next year

A new hub for Nelson’s homeless is only months away after a ‘‘whirlwind’’ effort from Nelson Rotary clubs and funding from the city council.

The Male Room director Philip Chapman said the daytime shelter, called Whare Haumanu, was a ‘‘fantastic effort’’ from many people and organisations.

It is expected to be up and running in March next year.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 2 November 2020)

Pond alternative set for next stage

The final chapter on Nelson’s Modellers Pond could be about to close, pending a vote to progress the design of an alternative recreational space.

Tomorrow, the Nelson City Council’s Sport and Recreation Committee will consider a recommendation to move to the next design stage for a community park on the Modellers Pond site in Tahunanui.

The recommendation includes plans for managing the treatment of stormwater upstream of the pond, and the development of a recreational space by filling the pond. The park would include an extended model train track.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 November 2020)

Mountainbike trails at risk of shutdown

Many of Nelson’s most popular mountainbike tracks could be closed to the public if the city council cannot come to an access agreement with landowner Ngati Koata.

Ngati Koata has stated it will shut down access to mountainbiking tracks on its land by the end of the year, unless a solution to its ‘‘considerable management burden’’ is found.

The Nelson City Council and Nelson Mountain Bike Club are working on a proposal to secure access for the public on tracks in parts of Codgers and Fringed Hill and the Sharlands area, which would include a potential $80,000 interim grant from the council to Koata Ltd (which owns the land on behalf of the Ngati Koata Trust).

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 November 2020)

Volunteers help regenerate forest remnant

Almost two years after a rare remnant of forest was nearly destroyed by wildfire, thousands of new trees planted by volunteers are helping to bring it back to life.

In February 2019, the Pigeon Valley wildfire sparked by a disc plough in a dry paddock went on to become New Zealand’s third biggest forest fire, rampaging across 2343 hectares southwest of Nelson.

The fire reached the edge of the Eves Valley Scenic Reserve, a 28-hectare remnant of lowland beech-podocarp forest in a corner of the Waimea Plains.

Department of Conservation ranger Dan Chisnall, who was heavily involved in the department’s response to the fire, was unsure if the reserve would survive. When they could finally access the reserve, Chisnall was relieved to find that while two thirds of the forest was burnt around the edges, the bulk of the valley floor was fairly intact.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 November 2020)

Mountainbike trail agreement reached

Access to some of Nelson’s most popular mountainbike trails has been secured with an interim $80,000 grant to Koata Ltd to maintain public access to the Fringed Hill and Codgers trails.

The agreement was made at a meeting of the Nelson City Council’s sport and recreation committee yesterday, with representatives from Koata Ltd and the Nelson Mountain Bike Club also in attendance.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 November 2020)

Modellers Pond replacement gets nod

Construction of a $3.75 million community park to replace the Tahunanui Modellers Pond could begin as early as the next financial year.

A meeting of the Nelson City Council’s sports and recreation committee yesterday voted unanimously to progress plans for a community recreation area to the detailed design stage.

The decision has likely closed the chapter on the expensive saga of the pond, which has been beleaguered for decades with sedimentation and algae problems. The weed-infested pond, used by a small number of model boat enthusiasts, would be filled in.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 6 November 2020)

Community housing sold

Nelson’s community housing has been sold to Kainga Ora for just shy of its estimated $20 million value.

Nelson mayor Rachel Reese said it was ‘‘really important’’ for the Nelson City Council that the houses remained in public ownership, and 18 months of negotiations had delivered ‘‘the best proposal for the people of Nelson’’.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 6 November 2020)

Co-housing development in Stoke is Habitat For Humanity’s latest project

A new Habitat For Humanity project will see up to 14 homes built in Stoke as part of a co-housing development to help more people achieve home ownership.

Planning is under way for the development, a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom homes to be built on a section off Main Rd Stoke.

Habitat For Humanity Nelson general manager Nick Clarke said it was going through the planning process with the Nelson City Council. All going well, he hoped that construction would be under way by February.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 7 November 2020)

Dambuild faces ‘challenges’, councillors told

The team behind the construction of the Waimea Community Dam has ‘‘challenges in front of us’’, says Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott.

Waimea Water Ltd is responsible for managing the construction, operation and maintenance of the planned 53-metre-high concrete faced rockfill dam in the Lee Valley, about 36 kilometres southeast of Nelson. It is a joint venture between majority shareholder the Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 7 November 2020)

Hilltop home and airport terminal among architectural high flyers

Nelson’s eye-catching airport terminal and a contemporary hillside home with expansive views of Tasman Bay have been recognised at separate architectural design award ceremonies this week.

Bellevue House, designed by Tony Karsten of Karsten Architectural Design, received a commended award in the Residential New Home Between 150 and 300 Square Metres category at the Nelson/ Marlborough ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Regional Awards.

Located on a steep hill site in Tahunanui, strict planning rules and challenging geotechnical conditions meant a clever design was required. Karsten responded with a striking modern home with an impressive cantilevered design.

Earlier this week, the accolades for the design of Nelson Airport’s new terminal continued, with Studio Pacific Architecture picking up the Sir Miles Warren award for Excellence in Commercial Architecture at the New Zealand Institute of Architects awards on Wednesday.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 7 November 2020)

Urban growth a priority

New rules could reduce the amount of red tape for homeowners and developers, providing a smoother path for them to add extra units or minor dwellings to their properties.

Urban growth and intensification is one of the big priorities in the draft Nelson Plan, which also includes relaxed rules for subdivisions and minor dwellings.

Nelson City Council reports predict up to 40,000 more people in the city over the next 30 years, which would require about 24,000 new homes.

Instead of the current one residential zone, the proposal in the draft plan would create a general residential zone and a medium-density residential zone.

This could involve about 20 per cent of existing residential zones being converted to medium density – including the area from Fairfield through to The Brook and Hampden St, Nelson East, Washington Valley, Nelson South, Dodson Valley, and parts of Stoke.

The new zone would differ from the current residential zone in several ways: Building height limits would be increased from 7.5 m to 11m, maximum building coverage would be increased from 40 per cent to 50 per cent, and requirements would be introduced for privacy and outlook to manage effects on neighbours.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 11 November 2020)

Zone change paves way for homes

More houses could soon be built at Mapua after Tasman District councillors agreed to residential zoning for several properties near the entrance to the seaside village.

The land, from 69-73 Mapua Drive, is mostly a greenfield area behind a row of houses near the roundabout intersection with Higgs and Catherine roads.

Residential zoning for the previously rural zoned land had been deferred until it had appropriate reticulated water, stormwater and wastewater services.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 11 November 2020)

‘Paradise’ for sale in national park

The global coronavirus pandemic has led to the rare listing of a bach for sale in the middle of Abel Tasman National Park.

The Kiwi owners of the two-bedroom plus sleep-out home at Torrent Bay are stuck in London with little hope of being able to travel any time soon. The 1960s bach – one of only a few private landholdings within the National Park’s boundaries – has an RV of $1.27 million and is for sale by deadline tomorrow.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 11 November 2020)

Kohatu Park’s first open day on track

An open day at Kohatu Park will provide public access for the first time to the 200-hectare regional motorsport and adventure park site under development near Tapawera.

Scheduled from 10am to 1pm on Sunday, November 22, the open day is set to coincide with the November round of the Nelson Car Club autocross series, which will be held on its 1.5-kilometre track at the park. More than 25 cars are expected to compete.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 13 November 2020)

High house prices a ‘failure of government’

A report on Nelson’s urban development has revealed an ‘‘abject failure’’ by both central and local government, a city councillor says.

The Nelson City Council yesterday received its final report under the previous national policy statement on urban development capacity, in effect since 2016.

According to the report, median house prices in both Nelson City and Tasman District had increased by ‘‘around 60 per cent’’ since 2015. In the past 12 months, the Ministry of Social Development’s housing register in Nelson has increased by 49 per cent.

Councillor Rohan O’Neill-Stevens said the figures were ‘‘bloody depressing’’.

‘‘You don’t have to look far to wonder why young people aren’t coming back to Nelson, and it’s directly tied to that.

‘‘It’s an abject failure of both central and local government. I really hope this new Government is willing to look at it as the crisis that it is, a crisis that has and will continue to take lives.’’

(Nelson Mail, Friday 13 November 2020)

Maitai petition presented with plea to preserve valley

A petition to ‘‘save the Maitai’’ has been delivered to the Nelson City Council, with nearly 10,000 people signalling their opposition to a proposed residential development.

Representatives from the Save the Maitai group put their concerns to the council, along with the 9700-strong petition against residential development in the Maitai Valley and Kaka Valley.

The group was launched to oppose the combined 700-lot project in the Kaka Valley.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 13 November 2020)

Moving costs doom ‘free’ villa

It was free to a good home, but a historic Nelson villa will now be demolished after no-one took up the opportunity to relocate it.

The house at 317 Hardy St on the city fringe will come down next week to make way for eight multimillion-dollar townhouses.

Property developer John McLaughlan said he listed the house for free a few months ago. He had two people interested in it, but ‘‘it had all been too difficult to move it’’.

It was going to cost about $150,000 to move the building, McLaughlan said. ‘‘Then you’ve got all the other costs on top of that,’’ including a property to put it on.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 13 November 2020)

Apartments mooted for big site

A row of retail properties in central Richmond is on the market.

Due to go to auction on November 24 – unless sold prior – the freehold land and three single-storey buildings front Queen St, between Richmond Mall and Sundial Square, in the retail heart of the growing town.

Being marketed for collective sale through Bayleys Nelson, the row of properties at 238, 240 and 242-244 Queen St is being tipped as a possible location for a mixed-use development that could bring apartment living to central Richmond.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 13 November 2020)