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Property News - 21 April 2021

Zoning change may pave way for 750 new homes

The proposed development of about 750 homes near central Nelson will include at least 100 targeted at first home buyers, say the proponents.

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 proposed development is earmarked for a 287ha site about 3km from the Nelson CBD, stretching from Atawhai over the hills and down through Kaka Valley, which is linked to Maitai Valley.

The syndicate’s planning consultant, Mark Lile, of Landmark Lile Ltd, is today to submit a private plan change request to Nelson City Council. If approved, that plan change will pave the way for the housing development by changing the zoning from rural and rural high density smallholdings to a mix of residential zones on key sections of the land.

Lile said areas of high density, standard density and low-density homes were proposed in keeping with features of the site, such as its topography and ecology, as well as meeting the housing needs of a range of people. The houses proposed for first home buyers would be in the planned high-density area on the valley floor, he said.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 16 April 2021)

Library site liability a ‘thorny area’

Should a proposal to build a new library next to Nelson’s largest river wait until the country has a plan for adapting to the risks of climate change?

Climate Commissioner James Renwick said that was up to the community and Nelson City Council to decide.

But what the plan was for dealing with climate-related flooding in Nelson’s downtown area surrounding the proposed library, was the ‘‘real question’’, he said.

The council voted in February for the $44 million building beside the Maitai River as its preferred option, over finding a different location for the library, or rebuilding or refurbishing it at its current site. The public have until Wednesday, April 21, to make submissions on the proposal, via the council’s Long Term Plan.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 16 April 2021)

Tasman prices hit a high

The median house price in the Tasman district has risen from $670,000 to $801,000 in the last year, sales figures show. The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figures for the year to March show Tasman had a 19.6 per cent increase and was one of 12 regions to set median price records. The median price in Nelson rose 13.7 per cent to $682,000 and was up 27.7 per cent in Marlborough to $664,000. However, the Nelson price dipped by 1.2 per cent in March compared to February.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 16 April 2021)

Council eyes ‘far more active role’ for itself on housing affordability

Nelson is one of New Zealand’s least affordable places to live when it comes to housing, something which the council hopes to alleviate with its focus on affordability and intensification of housing in its latest Long Term Plan (LTP).

Along with seven other ‘‘key issues’’, the Nelson City Council is targeting ‘‘housing intensification and affordability’’ in the current draft plan up for consultation.

The council says a major cause of unaffordable housing in the region is ‘‘sunshine’’ wages that are 22.9 per cent below the national average.

Nonetheless, mayor Rachel Reese said the council was planning to do its part on housing affordability in the upcoming plan.

‘‘What’s been constantly the same in our issues of housing affordability is that things have been getting steadily worse,’’ she said.

‘‘In this LTP the council plans to take a far more active role in housing affordability.’’

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 17 April 2021)