Property News – 20 December 2023

The conservation land blocked off to the public

Huge swathes of conservation land in Mount Richmond Forest Park are blocked off to the public by private companies and storm damage.

More than three-quarters of the park’s access roads on the Blenheim side, off Northbank Rd, are currently closed to the public – that’s 10 out of 13. Five are due to logging operations.

People wanting to enter the park from the Nelson Tasman side were also facing restrictions, with six out of 11 roads currently closed to the public.

The closures, particularly of Top Valley Rd, which leads to many tracks and huts, haven’t gone down well with trampers, hunters and the Government’s Outdoor Access Commission Herenga ā Nuku Aotearoa.

(Nelson Mail, 11 December 2023)

Gold kiwifruit licences could raise capital values for Tasman growers

Preliminary capital values of Tasman’s horticultural properties look set to soar up to 50% next year, fuelled in part by a Court of Appeal decision allowing gold kiwifruit licences to be included in the District Valuation Roll.

“The value level there is predominantly driven by the land, and the G3 licences for the kiwifruit, if it’s kiwifruit,” Quotable Value South Island operations manager Kris Rodgers told the operations committee of the Tasman District Council on Thursday.

In July, the Court of Appeal agreed the value of gold kiwifruit licences could be included in property values in Gisborne, after a long-running battle between growers and the Gisborne District Council.

Licence costs from Zespri Group Ltd for the higher priced G3 gold kiwifruit can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars per hectare.

(Nelson Mail, 11 December 2023)

New $330 levy on cards as wish list set to be debated

A $37 million link road joining Nelson and Richmond is among a list of items on the table for inclusion in Nelson’s budgets for the next 10 years.

But, while councillors will debate what projects will be added to the draft long-term plan tomorrow, anything they add will push the proposed rates increases up – with the draft increases for the next three years already sitting at 8.1%, 5.4% and 4.1%.

On top of that, the council will also decide whether to set up a $330 annual charge for the next 10 years to cover August 2022 storm recovery costs.

The list of other projects to be considered tomorrow includes funding for a new Surf Lifesaving facility in Tāhunanui, a new all-weather sports turf, and the east-west cycle link.

(Nelson Mail, 13 December 2023)

Library to reopen in January

Elma Turner Library will open to full capacity in January, marking the end of almost two years of strengthening work and repairs.

The Halifax St entrance and adjacent space will be the last to reopen on 17 January, 2024, with the public invited to join celebrations from 10am.

Elma Turner will be closed for nine days from 8-16 January, to allow staff time to repopulate the space.

(Nelson Weekly, 13 December 2023)

$330 annual levy backed

Nelson City councillors grappling with how to pay the city’s $59.8 million storm recovery bill have agreed to include a $330 annual levy for ratepayers when its long-term plan goes out for feedback next year.

The proposed annual levy will be charged for 10 years and will be on top of proposed rates increases, which heading into a council meeting yesterday were projected to be 8.2%, 5.4% and 4.1% for the first three years of the long-term plan.

But, those rates increases will likely have changed when the document goes out for public feedback in the new year, as councillors were also debating a long list of items for potential inclusion which will shift the dial on the rates bill.

The levy decision was followed by a debate about whether to phase in a new rating policy that would limit rates increase to the average rate of inflation plus growth – with the motion failing after some councillors voiced concern the council would have to cut services to meet that target.

The $330 levy to cover August 2022 storm recovery costs was the first cab off the rank during the long-term plan debate yesterday, passing unanimously.

(Nelson Mail, 15 December 2023)

Bypass projected cost doubles

The SH6 Hope bypass’ projected cost has doubled to $496 million, months after it was pitched to the region with a price tag of about half that sum.

Nelson mayor Nick Smith broached the “dramatic” movement of figures during the joint Nelson Tasman regional transport committee on Monday, highlighting the figure and asking to check if there hadn’t been a mistake.

Smith asked for a brief on what had caused the cost escalation, which NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi (NZTA) director of regional relationships Emma Speight agreed to provide.

(Nelson Mail, 16 December 2023)

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