Property News – 19 April 2024

The summit has been – what happens next for the CBD?

On Tuesday, city leaders, business people and movers and shakers gathered at a summit to talk about how to revitalise Nelson’s CBD. It was a frank discussion, where economic realities were thrashed out and big ideas were put forward. But, now the summit is over, how does talk become action?

The Nelson Mail asked some of the key players what their biggest takeaway from the summit was, and what needs to happen next.

(Nelson Mail, 1 April 2024)

‘Extraordinary’ Ruby Bay house fetched $3.08m

This prominent cantilevered house in Ruby Bay near Nelson has been a talking point since it first took shape above the bay. Last November, it featured on Stuff when it came on the market after the owners were poached to work in Australia.

The property, named The Lookout, was sold for $3.08 million, which is the highest price achieved over the past year for a property in the Ruby Bay-Māpua area.

And now the house, designed by Parsonson Architects, Wellington, has been shortlisted for a Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZ Institute of Architects (NZIA) Nelson & Marlborough regional award.

(Nelson Mail, 1 April 2024)

Stopbank cycleway will just be ‘bloody havoc’

A planned new cycleway along the top of a Waimea River stopbank would cause “bloody havoc” local dairy farmers claim.

The Waimea River stopbank runs through the land the O’Connor farm leases for its dairying operations.

Cows can be driven over the stopbank in a mob up to three times a day during the spring calving season.

The stopbanks themselves aren’t leased and are public land.

(Nelson Mail, 1 April 2024)

Affordable rental homes get green light

The development of eight affordable rental homes close to Nelson Hospital is going ahead, after the Government approved $2.215 million towards the project.

And Housing Minister Chris Bishop said the Government had confirmed funding for Habitat for Humanity to develop 22 new homes in Nelson.

Nelson Tasman Housing Trust director Carrie Mozena said they were “stoked” about the Government announcement, which meant they would be able to now progress the $4.8 million, eight-home development on a site between Waimea Rd and Kawai St “pretty quickly”.

Construction could start in a few months and be completed in the middle of next year, she said.

(Nelson Mail, 3 April 2024)

Park heritage project ends over fears of 32% rates rises

Nelson City Council is ending a heritage project at Founders Park – a decision it says it took to keep rates rises at a manageable level.

But a union says there has been a lack of transparency around that decision and the collection is integral to preserving the cultural heritage of the region.

The collection, which is based at Founders Heritage Park and overseen by Te Papa, is made up of items collected from the people and businesses of Nelson since 1986.

The council-funded Reorganisation Project began five years ago to make sure the objects were properly restored, catalogued and safely stored.

With a budget of about $1 million, it was not possible to keep the project going while making savings in other areas, chief executive Nigel Philpott said.

(Nelson Mail, 3 April 2024)

Council ‘lottery’ around tiny home rules to be examined

In a housing and a cost of living crisis, a council rule that requires tiny homes and caravans to get resource consent needs to be looked at, says a Motueka councillor.

Last Thursday, the Tasman District Council agreed to workshop the Motueka Community Board’s recommendation that temporary housing be given 108 weeks before they are deemed a dwelling, rather than the current two months leeway in place.

Under the Tasman Resource Management Plan, vehicles, trailers, tents, caravans or boats are not buildings unless they have been lived in for two months.

After that, they are considered dwellings and trigger the building and construction rules in the TRMP, and may require resource consent.

(Nelson Mail, 3 April 2024)

Eight new homes on track for Stoke

Eight new Habitat for Humanity homes in Stoke are on track to be completed by August this year and are the final piece of the puzzle for a 22-dwelling community.

The eight houses are the second stage of the organisation’s Stoke development after 14 new homes were completed in June 2023.

The latest development is located at the rear of the first-stage homes, just off Main Rd Stoke. The site used to house a home that was destroyed by fire in 2017.

(Nelson Weekly, 3 April 2024)

Buy-out of 10 at-risk properties completed

Nelson City Council has spent nearly $7 million buying out 10 properties in The Brook at risk from slips originating from public land.

The council announced in November it was in talks with the owners of the properties in the Brook St area threatened by slips following the August 2022 extreme rain event, and a further downpour in May 2023.

Council staff at the time gave a “ballpark” figure of $5.6m for the buy-out.

A council statement on Wednesday said the cost to purchase all the properties was approximately $6.7m.

The council originally planned to remediate the slips as part of a $17.3m programme of work agreed to in May to repair and “build back better” slips on council land.

(Nelson Mail, 5 April 2024)

Dam water releases

Water releases from the almost completed Waimea Community Dam over the next few days have prompted a warning for people to be cautious around the Lee, Wairoa and Waimea rivers. The releases began at lunchtime yesterday, and will continue until tomorrow. They are part of a testing programme of the two permanent large dispersing cone valves to release water from the dam reservoir. Water has already been flowing from the dam through a small dispersing valve since March 2. Waimea Water Ltd (WWL) CEO Mike Scott said that this week’s tests were one of the final steps ahead of commissioning the dam. He said that each of the two large cone valves had the capacity to release a flow of 10 cumecs, about the same as a typical winter flow. The releases would cause a reasonably rapid rise in water levels. “The river level while testing will be similar to what people are used to during a typical winter or rainfall, and will be too much for most people to wade across in most locations, particularly in the Lee River,” Scott said. “We are strongly advising people to be cautious and preferably stay away from the rivers over the next few days.”

(Nelson Mail, 5 April 2024)

More cash needed to protect Tāhunanui sawdust pile

A further $360,000 will be spent on the Tāhunanui sawdust pile while funding for its removal is decided.

At a council meeting yesterday the Nelson City Council approved unbudgeted expenditure of $85,000 to maintain the site at Tāhunanui’s Back Beach until work can be done to remove contaminated sawdust.

It also approved $275,000 for design, planning, and pre-construction works for the long-term solution, of which $133,666 is expected to be claimed back from the Ministry of the Environment.

(Nelson Mail, 5 April 2024)

New Maitai School under threat in Government review

A much-needed new school for children with high and complex needs is in doubt, leaving students with an uncertain future.

Nelson’s “bursting at the seams” Maitai School in Tasman St was in the final stages of a move to a new purpose-built facility in Richmond after five years of planning and a decade of discussion.

But it has been been told by the Ministry of Education that the new school planned for a Salisbury Rd site, and a proposed satellite at Nayland College, are in doubt as the Government reviews school property.

(Nelson Mail, 6 April 2024)

Fast-track land zoning sought

A simplified land zoning process to speed up housing developments is among projects the Tasman District Council has put to the Government for potential fast-track consideration.

In a submission to RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop, supplied to Stuff, Tasman mayor Tim King said the district had high growth and some of the least affordable housing in the country compared with household income.

The challenge of providing new development opportunities to meet housing needs remained, he said, with around 4700 homes needed over the next 10 years.

(Nelson Mail, 8 April 2024)

Bridge St concept signed off

A “transformational” redesign of Bridge St will keep the central Nelson thoroughfare at two lanes.

The Nelson City Council signed off on its preferred concept for the major infrastructure project at a meeting yesterday afternoon – with the key choice being between keeping it two lanes or changing it to a one-way street.

The decision is part of the council’s Bridge to Better project, which will upgrade water supply, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure to enable inner city apartment developments in the area, as well as reducing the flooding of Wakatu Square car park during king tides.

Once the underground work is complete, the council plans to make Bridge St and Haven Rd “a people-focused corridor, with more green places, more places to socialise, a more sustainable commercial environment and more transport choices”, the council said at the start of community engagement in September.

(Nelson Mail, 12 April 2024)

‘Heartbreak’ for high-needs students

Parents of school students with high and complex needs are scrambling to come to terms with the prospect their children may not be able to attend the only specialist day school in the top of the South Island.

Matai School in Nelson last week said a Ministry of Education review of the school’s “shovel ready” plans to build a new base and high school satellite, put the much-needed shift to Richmond in doubt. It meant half of its students would no longer have a place at the school next year, the school’s leaders said.

(Nelson Mail, 13 April 2024)

$40 million project boosts flood resilience

This time the rain on Alec Louverdis’ tin roof did not see him lose sleep.

The night before the Nelson City Council’s infrastructure group manager was to help mark the completion of the a $40 million Saxton Creek flood resilience project, the region was under a heavy rain warning.

But the council manager was unfazed that the storm would cast a cloud over the Saxton project. “I had absolutely no concerns,” he said.

That’s because the Saxton Creek upgrade, a nine-year, four-stage, two-kilometre project from Champion Rd to the Waimea Estuary, is designed to cope with a 1-in-100-year flood, up from a 1-in-5-year capacity.

(Nelson Mail, 13 April 2024)

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