Zone change upsets Richmond resident
A zone change that paves the way for a new Countdown supermarket in Richmond has been called "unbelievably stupid" by a neighbouring resident.
The private plan change request from Progressive Enterprises to rezone 1.32 hectares of residential land on the corner of Champion and Salisbury Roads was "approved with modifications" by the Tasman District Council.
In a public notice published on Saturday, the council says the rezoning would not take place until after any possible appeals were resolved.
The proposed new Countdown would be built on land previously owned by Waimea Richmond Funeral Services, and is opposite a new Caltex petrol station.
Marchwood Grove resident Jim Wareing, a former TDC engineer, said he was "very annoyed" by the decision and felt "very disappointed" with the process.
Wareing said the decision to allow rezoning was "unbelievably stupid" and that the traffic impact on their part of Richmond would be huge.
Coundown spokesman James Walker said they were "really pleased" the site had been rezoned.
He said they would be applying for a resource consent as soon as the plan change was formalised and they would keep the local community updated.
The proposed Countdown supermarket and a small retail/commercial development, a community facility, associated car parking, access and landscaping will still need resource consent, but the approved rezoning had paved the way.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 19 June 2017)
Hope property owners to clear land of 'junkyard' cars
A pair of Hope property owners have been tasked with clearing their land of more than 120 dilapidated cars.
An interim decision by the Environment Court has sided with the Tasman District Council as to whether storing a private collection of ‘‘vintage’’ cars was compliant with council planning rules.
Edward and Judith Ashton own rural land just outside of Nelson, and have been taken to court by the Tasman District Council following complaints from the community about their ‘‘junkyard’’ storage.
The Environment Court has released Judge Brian Dwyer’s oral decision made at the end of May, but there are still terms to be negotiated between the Ashtons and the council.
The decision revealed as many as 141 cars in various states of disrepair were on their Haycock Rd property at any one time, covering just under a hectare of land.
Council spokesman Chris Choat said about 96 vehicles had been identified as needing to be removed, and the council wanted them gone within six months.
(The Nelson Mail, Tuesday 20 June 2017)
Day's Track return rouses residents
The return of Day’s Track is just weeks away, pleasing residents who have waited half a decade to see the slip-hit walkway restored.
After plans to repair the path between Moana Ave and Grenville Tce were floated by council last year, work led by contractors Fulton Hogan began in May this year.
Council communications manager Paul Shattock said works were currently on schedule for completion by the end of July, barring any further weather delays or unforeseen circumstances.
The track’s concrete steps and path were damaged beyond repair by a slip caused by the December 2011 flood. Water and sewage pipes were also hit.
It sits on the longstanding Tahunanui Slump, a large area of built-on hillside that has been moving at 7-8 millimetres a year.
(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 21 June 2017)
First SHAs in pipeline for Tasman
In a first for Tasman district, eight Special Housing Areas have been earmarked for approval including a proposed 800-lot development near Richmond incorporating a retirement village.
There was a smattering of applause, and handshakes between some developers in the packed Tasman District Council chambers yesterday after councillors agreed to recommend to the Minister of Building and Construction that eight of 10 proposed Special Housing Areas (SHAs) be established.
The other sites councillors agreed to recommend for SHAs were 323 Hill St, Richmond (minimum of 14 lots); 265 Sandy Bay-Marahau Rd, Marahau (45 lots); Angelus Ave, Richmond (30 lots); Highland Drive, Richmond (32 lots); Whitby Rd, Wakefield (40 lots) and 82 Richmond Rd, Pohara (70 lots).
Councillors heard a request for a minimum 40-lot development at Main Rd Hope was not being pursued. They declined one other application, for a six-lot SHA at 2 Arbor-Lea Ave in Richmond.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 23 June 2017)
City rates to rise 2.8 per cent
Nelson ratepayers will be hit in the pocket after the council adopted its annual plan, formalising a 2.8 per cent rate rise across the city.
The council will receive nearly $81 million in revenue, including GST, from ratepayers for 2017/18 through rates and charges that include water, waste water and stormwater.
Mayor Rachel Reese has previously said how hard the council worked to keep rate rises in line with the Long Term Plan projection, and at yesterday’s meeting reiterated her support of the new rate.
She said while the Nelson City Council could have pushed rates down, it would have been ‘‘a false saving’’.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 23 June 2017)
A new destination for retirees
A proposed $130 million retirement village near Richmond could be under way next year as part of a planned 50ha residential development worth about $350m.
Arvida Group is behind the retirement village project, working together with Richmond West Development Company Ltd on a combined residential development proposal called The Meadows, which is earmarked for a site off McShane Rd.
The Meadows proposal, which is tipped to provide more than 800 homes including those in the retirement village, received the backing of Tasman District Council on Thursday when councillors agreed to recommend to the Minister of Building and Construction that it be established as a Special Housing Area (SHA). Another seven proposed developments across the district also received council backing to become SHAs.
Arvida Group chief executive, Bill McDonald, said Richmond, along with the wider Nelson-Tasman region, was undergoing tremendous growth and ‘‘becoming a destination for retirees’’.
The retirement village would not be gated. It would be part of the wider development, helping form a ‘‘multi-generational community’’.
Richmond West Development Company director, Andrew Spittal, said his team was aiming to develop about 550 to 650 sections on an area next to the proposed retirement village, with an average section price of about $220,000.
The team behind The Meadows was part of a group of developers who approached TDC and offered to co-fund water supply infrastructure that would enable the early development of up to 400 dwellings near Richmond.
Councillors agreed to the infrastructure co-funding suggestion before they considered the SHA proposals. The work, estimated to cost $1.2m in total, involves the provision of additional storage at the Richmond Water Treatment Plant equivalent to the existing balance tank, the installation of a back-up generator for the treatment plant, and associated pipe, electronic and telemetry works.
Any cost overruns would be borne by the developers, who would also manage procurement and construction for much of the work, which they intend to have completed in early 2018.
Councillors agreed to provide additional funding of $600,000 in 2017-18 for the infrastructure project.
(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 24 June 2017)
Thought for the Week
Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.