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Property News - 30 September 2021

Maitai group urges NCC to reject plan change request

Opponents of the Kaka Valley development say the Nelson City Council should reject a private plan change request for the proposal, against staff recommendations released ahead of this week’s meeting.

Save the Maitai said the council had ‘‘a compelling case to vote against the plan change’’. This is counter to the report produced by the council’s group manager of environmental management, Clare Barton, which found that there were no viable grounds to reject the request for a private plan change (PPC).

Save the Maitai spokesman Dr Aaron Stallard said there were grounds to reject the request on the basis that it ‘‘is not in accordance with sound resource management practice or that there is insufficient information provided’’.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 22 September 2021)

Homeowners face losing cover

Homes in Nelson stand to lose insurance by 2050, with a proposed multimillion-dollar library in the CBD among properties at risk of insurance retreat, a climate economist warns.

Victoria University of Wellington researcher Belinda Storey, who spoke at a Nelson-based webinar on Wednesday, said properties in a one-in-100-year flood zone in Nelson were likely to lose insurance within 30 years.

Around 4500 Nelson properties were identified as at risk from coastal inundation in a one-in100-year event – known as a 1 per cent AEP (annual exceedance probability) – under sea level rise scenarios of up to 2m.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 24 September 2021)

Plan change request for Maitahi project accepted

A private plan change request for the controversial Maitahi proposal has been accepted and will move on to the RMA hearings process.

Nelson City Council voted nine to four to accept the plan change request at a meeting on Thursday. Councillors Rohan O’Neill-Stevens, Rachel Sanson, Pete Rainey, and Matt Lawrey voted against accepting the request.

The private plan change request was lodged in April by a syndicate of two companies behind the venture known as the Maitahi-Bayview development. The syndicate collectively plans to build about 350 houses in the Kaka Valley, in the Maitai Valley and about 400 on the Atawhai hills.

The issue has become contentious, with vocal opponents to the Kaka Valley aspect represented by the Save the Maitai group.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 24 September 2021)

How should Tasman District adapt to rising sea levels and coastal hazards?

The Tasman District Council wants to hear residents’ views on options for adapting to sea level rise and coastal hazards.

A risk assessment released in late 2020 revealed that an estimated 8400 people in the district live in low-lying coastal areas vulnerable to storm inundation and sea level rise. More than 5000 buildings, mostly in the Motueka-Riwaka area, about 350 archaeological sites, eight closed landfills, 3650 hectares of grassland, 2106ha of coastal indigenous vegetation (much of it in Abel Tasman National Park) and 941ha of urban land were 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 two metres of sea level rise.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 September 2021)

Seawall plan gets landowner’s nod

Five property owners with seaside houses at Awaroa in Abel Tasman National Park have been granted landowner consent to build a timber seawall on the esplanade reserve to help protect their homes from erosion.

Those property owners also plan to reinstate a walkway along the reserve that would provide access to their properties and public access across the front.

Tasman District councillors on Thursday agreed to give council consent, as landowner of the esplanade, for the construction of the seawall on the western end of the reserve, which has been eroding since 2015.

Many people chipped in for a 2016 Givealittle campaign that raised $2.8 million to buy Awaroa Beach nearby, at the mouth of the inlet.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 September 2021)