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Property News - 2 June 2020

Making Civic House a work of art?

Civic House may be an eyesore to some, but Bevan Woodward sees it as a blank canvas.

The local project manager has a vision to turn the iconic 1970's building into a work of art that "celebrates" Nelson.

"It was a Covid-19 lockdown idea that I wanted to get on with. I thought, 'let's have some fun with this building.'"

With its feature clock tower, the building was designed by the Ministry of Works and Development and Athfield Architects provided the working drawings.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 27 May 2020)

Plan-change work goes on

Tasman District Council will push on with the development of a draft Takaka freshwater plan change package without waiting for the conclusion of the Water Conservation Order process for Te Waikoropupū Springs in Golden Bay.

Past Water Conservation Order (WCO) processes for the Motueka and Buller rivers took about 14 years from their original notification to gazetting.

The WCO process for the springs, the Arthur Marble Aquifer and associated water bodies has been under way for almost three years with the matter now before the Environment Court.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 27 May 2020)

Mistake leads to lost fees

An error in the way development levies were calculated on unit titles, such as apartment blocks, has cost Nelson ratepayers $527,000 in lost fees over 14 years, and could yet cost a further $947,000 in unpaid fees.

The ‘‘fatally flawed’’ calculation method means some developers have had to pay tens of thousands of dollars to Nelson City Council on new multi-unit buildings, while others have paid nothing.

Property developer Craig Dennis raised the oversight in the public forum of a recent audit risk and finance committee meeting, but the council has known of the problem since at least May 2019, when it commissioned an independent review.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 May 2020)

Countdown forges ahead

A building consent application has been lodged for a Countdown supermarket at Richmond, near Nelson.

Head of property Matt Grainger said yesterday that there had been no Covid-related delays or changes to the plans, ‘‘and we’re still aiming to start work late this year’’.

An upgrade of the increasingly busy roundabout intersection is due to begin after winter. The work is to be partly funded by Countdown owner Woolworths New Zealand, formerly Progressive Enterprises.

At the other end of town, plans for the construction of a New World supermarket at the southern entrance to Richmond are to remain on the shelf for now.

Foodstuffs South Island’s general manager of property and retail development, Roger Davidson, said the development timetable was being reviewed ‘‘in light of the current economic conditions’’.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 30 May 2020)