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Property News - 23 December 2020

Natureland gains extra space

Natureland Wildlife Trust has passed the first hurdle for its proposed redevelopment at Tahunanui, with council approving an extension to its current lease area.

The land in question totals 2200 square metres and is adjacent to the current zoo grounds within Hounsell Circle in Tahunanui.

It forms a key part in the proposed master plan to develop Natureland Zoo, with the extended area needed for the building of a tropical butterfly house, as well as the location for a new entrance.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 14 December 2020)

Who’s at risk from the storms and seas

An estimated 8400 people in Tasman District live in low-lying coastal areas that are vulnerable to storm inundation and sea level rise, according to a new report.

More than 5000 buildings, mostly in Motueka-Riwaka, at least 350 archaeological sites, eight closed landfills, 3650ha of grassland, 2106ha of coastal indigenous vegetation (much of in in Abel Tasman National Park) and 941ha of urban land are identified as being at risk.

Those risks arise from coastal storm inundation that has a 1 per cent chance of occurring in any year and up to 2m of sea level rise.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 16 December 2020)

Landslide study sparks call for rethink

A new research article on landslides that includes suggestions for forestry management on fragile soils in Tasman District is yet to be fully assessed, says Tasman District Council environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King.

The authors of the article, published in the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, used gridded rainfall, topography, lithology and land cover surfaces to develop a high-resolution model of more than 4500 landslides that occurred in a 196-square-kilometre area of the district in February 2018, during the time ex-tropical cyclone Gita brought heavy rain to the region.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 18 December 2020)

Rate hikes tipped for Tasman

Tasman District councillors are to consider annual maximum rate hikes of between 4.5 and 7 per cent over the next 10 years, as well as increasing the council’s external net debt limit from $200 million to $260m.

Since 2015, the council has adhered to self-imposed financial caps of $200m for net debt, and rates revenue rises of no more than 3 per cent a year, excluding an allowance for growth.

The proposed increases, due to be considered at a full council meeting today, come in response to increased costs – partly due to budget blowouts associated with the Waimea dam project.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 18 December 2020)

New library coming together

As the new Motueka Library takes shape on Decks Reserve comes news of $250,000 in funding from the Lottery Grants Board for a photovoltaic (solar energy) system to power the Tasman District Council asset.

Community development manager Susan Edwards last week delivered the good news to councillors, pointing out that the grant followed matching funding from the Rata Foundation.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 18 December 2020)

Surplus, lower debt bring year to a good end

The Tasman District Council has ended the 2019-20 financial year with a $26.9 million surplus and net debt of $156.2m – almost $35m lower than expected.

The figures are contained in the Annual Report 2019-20, adopted at a council meeting yesterday.

Of 121 performance targets set by the council, it achieved ‘‘or nearly achieved’’ 80 per cent of them, a marked improvement on a rate of 69 per cent in the 2018-19 year.

The report says the council’s ‘‘positive financial position’’ reflects ongoing operational savings and delayed capital expenditure for some large projects.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 December 2020)

Golden Bay community housing project wins support

Golden Bay’s affordable housing project is quickly gaining momentum, having received multiple offers from landowners interested in hosting more than 20 homes.

Community housing provider Habitat for Humanity is also considering helping to drive the project, and several local building firms are also committed.

The Mohua Affordable Housing Project could see $150,000 transportable homes put on private or council-owned land for residents to rent or rent-to-own.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 December 2020)

New lights push up cost of street upgrade

The redevelopment of Nelson’s upper Trafalgar St has received $261,000 in extra funding for new lighting, bringing the project’s total lighting budget to $861,000.

The new lighting is part of the permanent pedestrianisation of the area, following the ‘‘light touch’’ redevelopment already in place after the street was permanently pedestrianised late last year.

The Nelson City Council was presented with the request for funding at its meeting on Thursday by city centre development programme lead Alan Gray.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 19 December 2020)