Property News – 17 December 2021

City-for-all-ages strategy kicks into ‘doing’ phase

Three years after it was first put forward, Nelson’s City for All Ages strategy has finally got the green light for council sign-off.

Developed with the intention of improving the health and wellbeing of Nelson’s over-65 population, a community steering group was set up in 2019 to drive engagement with the public and suggest potential actions.

However, the work of the steering group suffered delays, due to national Covid-19 protection measures over the past two years. While about 20 per cent of people in Nelson are over 65 years of age, that figure is expected to rise to a third by 2043.

Within the strategy seven focus areas were identified, each with corresponding challenges and potential solutions: Wellness, Work, Social, Housing, Mobility, Information, and Outdoors.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 6 December 2021)

Richmond’s air quality still an issue for council

The air over Richmond exceeded the National Environmental Standard for Air Quality on four occasions in the year to September – three times more than permissible.

All four exceedances – on June 3, June 4, July 1 and July 2 – occurred in cool, calm conditions, and were primarily associated with the burning of wood for home heating, according to a Tasman District Council staff report.

A winter air quality monitoring programme at Motueka recorded no exceedances, while a final report is being awaited on a commissioned air quality study at Riwaka and Brooklyn.

Senior policy planner Diana Worthy last week told elected members at a regulatory committee meeting that council staff expected to bring that final report and some commentary to councillors in the new year.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 8 December 2021)

Camping concerns pegged out

Freedom camping is tipped to be a challenge this summer across Tasman District – a traditionally popular destination for holidaymakers.

Tasman District Council regulatory services manager Adrian Humphries outlined for councillors some areas of uncertainty facing the team charged with managing freedom camping.

‘‘We don’t know what’s going to happen,’’ Humphries said. ‘‘I think there is a risk [that from mid-December] an awful lot of people in the north of New Zealand will come south, and if they can’t meet the requirements that some campground owners have, to stay in the campgrounds, they’re going to stay wherever they can.’’

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 8 December 2021)

Fence to stop wild animals damaging cemetery

A permanent fence to deter pigs and deer from damaging Marsden Cemetery will be in place come January.

The 1km perimeter fence will be 1.8 metres high and cover exposed areas of the cemetery along Marsden Valley Rd and Quail Rise.

It will deter ungulates that originate from the Enner Glynn side of the valley from entering the cemetery.

Nelson City Council says the decision to build the fence was made following reports of pig damage around headstones and graves and deer grazing at the cemetery in May 2021.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 8 December 2021)

Home sale raises $110,000 for rescue heli

The sale of a Todds Valley home has raised $110,000 for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.

The recovery build was made possible through Mike Greer Homes and the support of landowners and generosity of local contractors.

Local businesses Advanced Access Solutions, Bays Joinery, Contour, Fairview, Feltex, Flooring Extra, Godfrey Hurst Metro Glass, Paul Morris Electrical, Re Space, J&M Concreting, Can Plan, Laser Plumbing and Mitre 10 were able to make up $70,000 raised through the donation and price reduction of building materials and services.

The remaining $40,000 was raised through the land sale alone.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 8 December 2021)

Top motel award for Century Park

The best motel in the country can be found right here in Nelson.

Nelson’s Century Park Motor Lodge has been named best motel at the Lion Hospitality New Zealand Tourism Awards for Excellence.

The awards were presented at an event in Wellington on 23 November and live-streamed to venues around the country.

“We are tremendously honoured and excited to have received the award,” says motor lodge owner-operator Stacie Warren. “It was a team effort and represents the teams’ commitment to achieving excellence in guest service and satisfaction.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 8 December 2021)

Rating revaluation shows big jump in Nelson property values

A rating revaluation of Nelson’s housing stock has shown a major increase in capital value and land value over the past three years.

At a Nelson City Council meeting on Wednesday, the council’s external valuation service provider, Quotable Value (QV), reported on how values had changed since the last review in 2018. Nelson mayor Rachel Reese said this would not mean rates would go up as a result, with council’s rates budget already set out in the Long Term Plan.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 10 December 2021)

Maitahi developers bowout of fund consideration

Two Nelson developers have decided not to pursue Government infrastructure funding, bowing out of the consideration process at the second step.

The developers were two of four in Nelson invited by Kainga Ora to submit ‘‘requests for proposals’’ for the Government’s $1 billion Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (IAF), which Kainga Ora administers.

Five developments were initially put forward as expressions of interest by the Nelson City Council on behalf of several developers, including the Maitahi development and a Marsden Valley development under a syndicate of developers.

Since the initial application, Koata Ltd and one of the developers in the Marsden Valley Syndicate have decided not to pursue the funding. The remaining two developers in the Marsden Valley syndicate, Solitaire Holdings and Marsden Park, have indicated they will continue the application process.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 10 December 2021)

30-year vision for city’s CBD approved

A plan to provide a 30-year vision for Nelson’s city centre has been given the green light.

At a meeting at Civic House on Wednesday, the Nelson City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Nelson City Centre Spatial Plan – Te Ara o Whakatu.

The vote was held after councillors received public feedback on the plan, with more than 330 submissions sent through during September.

Support for the plan was strong, with 70 per cent of submitters responding in favour of the proposal, and only 12 per cent in opposition.

Forty-seven of the submissions did not explicitly state a preference but, after a qualitative analysis, 30 were evaluated as being in support – bringing the total percentage in favour to about 80 per cent.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 10 December 2021)

Developer hits town’s rental problem for six

Murchison’s rental squeeze is being eased thanks to an enterprising developer who has converted six former motel units into accommodation.

Christchurch developer Jo Hopkinson will rent out the one- and two-bedroom units in the rural town, which had no rental properties listed two months ago.

‘‘Murchison’s in desperate need of places for people to live,’’ Hopkinson said.

‘‘I’m really excited about it. It’s going to be profitable, and I feel like I’ve created affordable housing.’’

The rent for the Brunner St units ranges from $240 to $290 a week.

As a regular visitor to Murchison to see her friend, long-time real estate agent Karen Steadman, Hopkinson was aware of the shortage of rentals as well as a lack of homes available to purchase.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 11 December 2021)

Whareama Rest Home to close next year

Nelson’s Whareama Rest Home will close early next year, with its owner yet to decide how it will redevelop the site.

The rest home in Neale Ave, Stoke is owned by Oceania Healthcare and has about 45 residents. Most would be relocated to other Oceania sites in the Nelson region, said company chief executive Brent Pattison.

No firm date had been set for when Whareama would close, but it was likely to happen in the first quarter of next year, Pattison said.

The company had also not yet decided what it would do with Whareama, but had been in talks with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board about developing the site, Pattison said.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 11 December 2021)

Pole illustrates housing infill bill concerns

A Nelson homeowner has made a unique visual demonstration to show the potential pitfalls of the Government’s proposed housing infill legislation.

At his house on Domett St, Tim Bayley has set up a pole showing the boundary building height and recession angle that would be allowed for new residential developments under the proposal.

Bayley said that if passed, the bill would allow construction of three-storey buildings up to 11 metres high in residential neighbourhoods without resource consent – affecting neighbouring houses’ access to sunlight, and destroying the visual amenities of neighbourhoods.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 11 December 2021)

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