Property News – 22 December 2021

Beach apartments done, a new supermarket next

After six years of planning, Tahunanui’s $30 million Ocean View Apartments are complete, and a supermarket is next on the list for the development.

The five-storey complex on Beach Rd comprises 37 sold-out apartments. There is a mix of one, two and three-bedroom configurations, including four penthouses.

“The minute it was finished and we could get people into their apartments, they just went,” developer Tony Vining says.

“About half the occupants have moved in so far. Some have been living in campervans for the past 12 months.”

Tony’s business partner Jacques Reynolds says the demand was “massive”.

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 15 December 2021)

St John’s land search for ambulance hub

St John Nelson is struggling to find land to build a new ambulance hub on after a large bequeathment made the new build possible.

St John Nelson bays territory manager, Anne-Maree Harris, says St John has been looking without any success since earlier this year.

She says with land at a premium and in limited supply, finding a suitable location is proving challenging.

“We have been keeping our eyes peeled but with such a hot market – things are getting snapped up very quickly. We are keen to put our feelers out and hear from anyone thinking of selling, particularly in the Stoke area, which is the best location to access the main arterial roads, keeping our ambulance officers central to wider Nelson and surrounding communities.”

(Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 15 December 2021)

Trust cuts ribbon on six new homes for tenants

Six new homes are ready and waiting for tenants after a whirlwind building project by the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust.

The Nelson houses, including two wheelchair-accessible homes, will be available for new tenants to move in at around Christmas time.

Nelson Tasman Housing Trust (NTHT) director Carrie Mozena said at the opening event on Monday it was an exciting day, especially given the inevitable delays brought on by Covid-19 supply chain disruptions and lockdowns.

Each of the six homes on the properties is a two-bedroom home with balcony space and off-street parking, with significant investment in energy and heating efficiency to help keep down residents’ bills.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 15 December 2021)

Grandstand taking back its old shape

It is out with the new and in with the old as part of a $984,000 project to restore the Golden Bay grandstand on the outskirts of Takaka.

Trustee of the Golden Bay Grand Stand Community Trust, Hazel Pearson, said the historic building was looking ‘‘pretty spectacular already’’ after the removal of additions to the original structure, which dates back to 1898-99.

Along with the demolition of a squash court building added in the 1970s, a front extension and a rear lean-to were also removed, leaving the grandstand looking like its old self.

The restoration work comes after a long-running dispute over the future of the building, which sits next to the Golden Bay Recreation Park Centre.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 15 December 2021)

Landfill needs expensive upgrade

The York Valley Landfill is in need of a $5.9 million upgrade to help extend its life and reduce its environmental risk.

At a meeting at Civic House in Nelson on Friday, the Nelson Tasman Regional Landfill Business Unit (NTRLBU) voted to recommend the proposed upgrades to the Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council.

Under the landfill’s resource consent, its stability needs to be assessed at every 10-metre elevation in landfill height. This occurs roughly every three years.

In an assessment, independent consultants Tonkin + Taylor concluded that the landfill’s leachate system was the most vulnerable component, and said improvements would be critical. Leachate is the liquid that leaches or drains from a landfill.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 15 December 2021)

‘No red flags’ in dam information

An investigation into the quality of information provided to Tasman District Council elected members about the Waimea dam project up to the decision to proceed with the build finds it was generally robust.

That independent investigation was undertaken by PJ & Associates, whose principal, Philip Jones, presented a report on the findings to the full council yesterday.

Jones told councillors that the reports and supporting information about the project from 2012 to 2018 ‘‘clearly demonstrated the need for the dam’’. The PJ & Associates report says there was due consideration of many options.

‘‘Because the preferred option [the dam] was selected a significant time before the final decisions were made to proceed, those final decisions . . . made in August, September and November 2018 were appropriate,’’ the investigation report says.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 17 December 2021)

Delays in council consents

Resource and building consents in Nelson have been hit by delays as the city council deals with a shortage of qualified staff.

In a statement on Wednesday the council said a national shortage of experienced and qualified planning staff had combined with a higher demand in the lead-up to Christmas to create delays in consents processing. Increased numbers of consents were exceeding the 20 working day time-frame.

The council said it was one of many around the country affected by the shortage of qualified staff, and recent attempts to find experienced building officers were unsuccessful.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 17 December 2021)

Council’s ‘tricky’ surplus tops $69m

Despite a zero rates revenue rise in 2020-21, the Tasman District Council ended the financial year with a $69.5 million surplus – $47.1m more than budgeted.

The significant increase in the surplus over budget was due to additional ‘‘vested asset’’ income, development contributions, government grant funding, and other noncash gains.

Vested assets are items such as transport, stormwater, wastewater and water supply infrastructure, and land, that is transferred to council ownership as part of the subdivision process.

‘‘This is reflective of higher-than-budgeted activity and growth,’’ says the council’s draft 2021 Annual Report, which was adopted on Thursday the final full council meeting of the year.

In addition to the surplus, there were other gains from revaluations of $102m, including $16.3m on the revaluation of Nelson Airport assets. The Tasman District and Nelson City councils each have a 50 per cent share of Nelson Airport Ltd.

The Tasman council also had an $84.8m revaluation gain on its land and building assets. ‘‘This was due to significant land and property value increases in the Tasman District,’’ the report says.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 18 December 2021)

‘Nothing was in scope’ in dam investigation, says councillor

Questions around the Waimea dam project remain unanswered after an independent investigation, says Tasman District councillor Dean McNamara.

The council on Thursday received a report from PJ & Associates, which investigated the quality of advice and background information provided to the council up to and including the final decision in 2018 to proceed with the dam.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 18 December 2021)

City Night Shelter closing

The Nelson Night Shelter will close next year, with the men who use the emergency accommodation referred to other providers.

Nelson Night Shelter Trust co-chairs Graham Warner and Sarah Thompson said the decision came after ‘‘months of hard work, external reviews, and difficult decision-making’’.

‘‘We acknowledge that some people will be dismayed at this decision, since the Night Shelter has been an iconic ministry associated with All Saints Church and St Vincent de Paul for so long.’’

Thompson said the reviews had identified that the shelter would have to overhaul ‘‘almost every single aspect of our operations’’ to comply with legislative requirements, notably health and safety rules.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 18 December 2021)

Shared cemetery could solve burial space shortage

Cemeteries in Nelson and Richmond are nearing capacity, sparking a search for a shared regional graveyard.

Richmond Cemetery, off Wensley Rd, is tipped to run out of space for burials in its general area within 10 years, prompting the Tasman District Council to look for another site.

In Nelson, Marsden Cemetery is projected to have only another 15 to 20 years of capacity.

Due to the constraints on both public cemeteries, the Tasman District and Nelson City councils have agreed to investigate the possibility of developing a shared, regional cemetery – likely at Moutere or Wakefield.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 18 December 2021)

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