Property News – 17 January 2024

Affordable housing development ‘at risk’ under new Government

Plans to develop a complex of eight two bedroom affordable homes are at risk under the new Government, Labour housing spokesperson Kieran McAnulty says.

McAnulty was in Nelson last week, and met with Nelson Tasman Housing Trust director Carrie Mozena and Nelson MP Rachel Boyack to look over the site.

Mozena said the trust applied to the previous Government’s Affordable Housing Fund for a $2.1 million grant. It was shortlisted, but the final decision wasn’t announced before the election, meaning that the project was left in “limbo” and at risk.

(Nelson Mail, 18 December 2023)

Debt doubling in draft LTP under fire

A proposed doubling in Tasman District Council debt from $202 million to $445m has received scathing criticism from a councillor who says the increase will be paid for by rates and is “unaffordable” for the community.

The figure, from the draft Long Term Plan (LTP) 2024-2034, equates to a 120% increase in net debt for the council across 10 years.

What’s in:

■ Fees and charges proposed to increase by 10%

■ Motueka Swimming Pool, at $20m

■ Waimea South Community Facilities, at an estimated cost of $12.7m

■ Tapawera Community Hub, at $2.5m

■ Stage Two improvements of Murchison Recreational and Cultural Centre at $4.5m

■ An annual $500,000 for speed management implementation

■ The sale of Emissions Trading Scheme credits from forestry to fund loss-making Port Tarakohe, funding $400,000 of interest and loan repayments annually

What’s out:

■ Food scrap kerbside collection

■ The collection of rates to build up emergency funds before emergency events.

(Nelson Mail, 18 December 2023)

New Nelson city apartments rise from ashes

A fire that gutted a commercial building in central Nelson has a silver lining for the city.

The January, 2021 fire started in the kitchen of the Noodle Canteen takeaway outlet in Hardy St, spread into the ventilation system, and extensively damaged the building that also housed a vape store and a dairy.

Almost three years later, the property’s mixed-use redevelopment is being seen as a blueprint for the type of design to rejuvenate the inner city.

The $4 million project has three groundfloor commercial spaces, one of which has been leased to barber shop Elite Studios. New first and second floors contain five modern apartments. Three two-bedroom apartments have floor spaces of up to 120 square metres and the two one-bedroom units are 56 and 57 square metres.

(Nelson Mail, 20 December 2023)

Water restrictions increase as Christmas arrives in Tasman

Water restrictions will increase in urban and rural areas in Tasman today.

The Tasman District Council announced the move to Phase D restrictions on Friday, which will increase the water use limits for the area for the foreseeable future.

The council previously announced the move to Phase B restrictions on December 13, which banned watering lawns, filling or topping up pools, spas, or water features, as well as banning the use of water for play.

But given that water use had not decreased enough, the council needed to jump from Phase B, past C, and to Phase D to ensure they could meet consent conditions over the Christmas period.

Phase D restrictions will affect Wakefield, Richmond, Brightwater, Hope, Redwood Valley 1 and 3, Māpua/ Ruby Bay, Dovedale and Eighty Eight Valley.

(Nelson Mail, 22 December 2023)

Long-term plan – the winners and losers

The hanging baskets are in but a new link road to Richmond is out, after a marathon end-of-year session to shape Nelson’s planning priorities.

In a two-day meeting last week, the Nelson City Council debated a host of items for potential inclusion in the draft long-term plan, which will go out for consultation in the new year.

IN: Tāhunanui surf lifesaving

The council agreed to capital funding of $200,000 in 2024-25, $1.52 million in 2025-26, and $1.53m in 2026-27 for stages one and two of the Tāhunanui Beach upgrade to be progressed.

OUT: Suffolk Rd – Hill St North link road

The estimated cost of the project would have been $37m, but the proposal was for the council to budget $12m to be spent over three years starting in 2027-28, while using NZTransport Agency Waka Kotahi funding and development contributions to fund the rest.

IN: Hanging baskets

Council officers had proposed to cut spending of about $100,000 a year to fund the hanging flower baskets in the central city, but councillors voted eight to five to put the funding back into the draft.

IN: All-weather sports turf

The council agreed, by nine votes to four, to capital funding of $1.325m in 2025-26 and $1.325m in 2026-27 for an all-weather sports turf, noting that sports clubs would be required to contribute half the cost.

IN: Kerbside kitchen waste collection

Smith moved that the council scrap funding for a kerbside kitchen waste collection scheme, resulting in about $10.875m in savings over the 10-year plan, leading to one of the lengthiest debates of the meeting.

IN: Arts hub

The council voted 12 votes to one in favour of $1.6m in 2027-28 for the development of a central city community arts hub.

Other decisions

■ East-west cycle link: The council voted 12 to one in favour of capital funding for the council’s share of the east-west cycle link, with $500,000 in Year 2, $4m in Year 3, and $0.9m in Year 4, subject to receiving the 51% NZTA funding.

■ Pasifika engagement: the council voted 11 to one to budget $20,000 in the plan’s first year to provide a staff resource to engage with the Pasifika community on priority projects. Smith was absent for the vote.

■ Debt cap: Councillors agreed to increase of the Debt Cap Policy from debt not exceeding 175% of council revenue to a new cap of not exceeding 200% of council revenue.

■ Three Waters: councillors agreed to prepare the consultation document on the basis that the Three Waters Reform does not proceed, and continue to include provision for the management and investment in drinking water, wastewater and stormwater assets.

■ Stormwater and flood protection rates: the council agreed to separate stormwater and flood protection activities into a uniform charge for stormwater, and a rate based on land value for flood protection, and to extend the flood protection rate to include the Nelson North communities.

(Nelson Mail, 23 December 2023)

Dry spells may push out Waimea Dam completion

The Waimea Dam is in its final stages of filling but a dry summer may still push out the completion date for the $198 million project.

Waimea Water chief executive Mike Scott said if rainfall was normal, the dam in the Lee Valley was likely to be ready between March and April next year, more than two years behind its original schedule.

However, the hesitation on that was if shareholders wanted water released to support them through the forecast dry El Niño summer. That “may delay the project”, and would push out reservoir filling.

Tasman mayor Tim King, speaking with Stuff after Phase D water restrictions were introduced on Friday in the Tasman district, said the dryspring had led to an “immensely frustrating” situation.

(Nelson Mail, 27 December 2023)

New day walk at Brook Waimārama Sanctuary

The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary has unveiled a new day walk – just in time for the summer holidays.

Accessible from the visitor’s centre, the Upper Valley Track is a full-day walk that offers a new, unique perspective on the sanctuary’s pristine landscapes.

(Nelson Weekly, 27 December 2023)

Run-down Scout halls under scrutiny

Poor maintenance and under use of Scout halls is concerning the Tasman District Council.

At a council operations committee last month, enterprise and property services manager Nick Chin said it had been corresponding with Scouts over several halls in the district. Concerns had been raised about the Tākaka, Wakefield and Riwaka Scout halls which are owned by Scouts Aotearoa. The organisation leases the council land they sit on.

(Nelson Mail, 5 January 2024)

Plug pulled on pool fixes

Major upgrades for Nelson’s two public pools – both of which are leaking – have been shelved.

That’s despite a 2022 report to the Nelson City Council recommending that both Riverside Pool and Fitness Centre and the Nayland Park Complex be redeveloped.

Nelson Mayor Nick Smith said the cost of upgrades to the pools couldn’t be justified in the current financial environment.

(Nelson Mail, 8 January 2024)

Water conservation request after plant shut down

Muddy and coloured water in Tasman has led to a water treatment plant being temporarily shut down, and some are being asked to conserve water while issues are resolved.

Tasman District Council is working to resolve two issues relating to the Wakefield water supply following two discoveries in the last week, which caused the Wakefield Water Treatment Plant to shut down and cease supply. The council have asked Wakefield and Brightwater residents to conserve water as much as possible while the issues are resolved.

(Nelson Mail, 12 January 2024)

ITM building supplies store destroyed by fire

An ITM building supplies store in Tākaka was destroyed by fire in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s Nelson-Marlborough district commander, Grant Haywood, said the fire spread into the neighbouring PGG Wrightson farm supplies store, but fire crews managed to cut that off.

“Under trying circumstances, they did an amazing job to stop the fire spreading further into an adjoining business, and also into the main street.”

The main building, measuring about 100 metres by 40m, at the ITM site was completely destroyed.

“Basically the fire has pulled all the firefighting resources from Golden Bay, with support from both Nelson and Tasman,” Haywood said.

(Nelson Mail, 12 January 2024)

Townhouse consents outstrip consents for standalone homes

Townhouses, not standalone homes, were the single most common dwelling type consented in the year to the end of November, according to Stats NZ.

In each of the previous 20 years, consents for townhouses lagged those for standalone homes, statistics show.

But figures released by Stats yesterday show that 17,033 townhouses were consented in the year to November, compared to consents for 15,958 standalone houses.

Consents for new townhouses also vastly outnumbered the 2817 apartments consented in the period, and the 2401 retirement village units.

The switch came amid a backdrop of declining consenting activity overall.

(Nelson Mail, 12 January 2024)

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