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Property News - 4 December 2017

Kohatu Park plan on road to start line

The Kohatu Park team is keeping its foot on the accelerator as it drives plans for a regional motorsport and adventure park near Tapawera.

Kohatu Park board member Aaron Adcock last week told Tasman district councillors that major work could begin in March on an upgrade of the intersection of Olivers Rd and Motueka Valley Highway, which is a condition of the resource consent for the park.

Adcock said that the engineering design plans for the intersection upgrade and the schedule of works were being developed. It was anticipated those plans would be with the council by mid December.

A contribution of $300,000 from the council has been approved for the intersection project. The solid steps towards an intersection upgrade is a turnaround from how it looked at the start of October when a staff report for a council engineering services committee meeting recommended the upgrade project be postponed until the 2018-19 financial year because of a hike in the estimated cost.

Concepts for the long-awaited park include a 3.5km car racing track, a rally circuit, drag racing strip and karting track as well as a mountain biking park, a luge and zorb track, a campground and picnic area.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 27 November 2017)

Water rate hike for Tasman properties

Tasman district property owners at the northern end of Mt Heslington Rd and those on the Eighty Eight Valley rural water supply face a rates hike next year after more than 30 years of undercharging.

A Tasman District Council review of water supply rates identified that 17 properties at the northern end of Mt Heslington Rd are on the Brightwater scheme and have been undercharged since the early 1980s.

In addition, the money they have been paying has been going into the wrong account.

The Brightwater scheme is part of the council’s urban water club but the money from the Mt Heslington Rd ratepayers has been paid into the Eighty Eight Valley rural supply account. Total water supply rates collected in 2016-17 for these properties was $13,811.99. If they’d been rated correctly, the total collected would have been $37,562.18 – more than twice as much.

There would be no retrospective adjustment of the rates but the change would also affect the ratepayers of the Eighty Eight Valley water scheme who had effectively been subsidised by the urban water club.

The rate change is due to take effect in July.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 November 2017)

Dam collapse 'very unlikely' in quake

It is unlikely the proposed Waimea dam will collapse in a severe earthquake, says Tasman District Council engineering services manager Richard Kirby.

His comments are backed by Nelson geologist Dr Mike Johnston, who said the proposed dam in the Lee Valley would be designed "so that it won’t catastrophically collapse".

"You’re building something that’s actually hard to get rid of," Johnston said. "If the dam is damaged, it will be so designed that it doesn’t disappear and let all the water out in one go."

Kirby this month told a public meeting at Mapua that dam designer Tonkin & Taylor had intimated an earth dam of the type proposed for the Lee Valley site was "likely to settle more than anything else" in a severe earthquake.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 29 November 2017)

Thought for the Week

People who say, 'Let the chips fall where they may',
usually figure they will not be hit by a chip.

(Bernard Williams)