Property News – 27 July 2022

Anger at inaction on sawdust risk

A former Nelson councillor says the council needs to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to environmental management, as exposed sawdust is left to enter the beach and water.

Bill Dahlberg has raised concerns about the management of the Tāhunanui Beach due to historic sawdust deposits being washed into the estuary, but the council says the sawdust is not considered a pollutant.

Dahlberg said in his time on the Nelson City Council a decision had been made, via documents like the Long-Term Plan and the Waimea Inlet Action Plan, to prevent further environmental degradation and improve the estuary, but allowing exposed sawdust to spread from the back beach into the environment unchecked was not upholding those intentions.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 18 July 2022)

Shooting range opposed by neighbours

The establishment of a shooting range in the top of the south has neighbours up in arms.

In late 2019, Carl and Natalia McAllansmith opened Peak View Range, a shooting range, on their property. They also run the upmarket Peak View Retreat accommodation on the site, which is in the Whangamoa area.

Neighbours have complained to the council about the range.

Kendall Smart said his concerns about the environmental impact of the range have been ignored, and he was worried the increased traffic on the shared rural driveway used to access the range was going to leave residents out of pocket.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 18 July 2022)

Halcyon days recalled at submissions hearing

The vast majority of individuals submitting to an ongoing hearing into the potential urbanisation of Kākā Valley have been against the proposal, recalling golden days in the Maitai and wanting to preserve it for the future.

The hearing is a process in which independent commissioners hear evidence and submissions both for and against a proposed private plan change to rezone land in Kākā Valley from rural to urban, to allow for a higher-density housing development of about 350 houses on what is currently mostly privately-owned farmland.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 20 July 2022)

Painful rates hikes ‘just wrong’

Some Nelson residents say their whopping rates increases are unfair, and the mayor agrees.

The jumps – some more than 30% – are thanks to 2021 Quotable Value (QV) land revaluations, which have significantly increased land values throughout the city.

The average increase in land valuation in Nelson was 73%, but some have seen increases of more than 100%, and those increases, along with some other calculations involved in rates, have led to eye-watering increases in this year’s rates bill.

Though the rises were steep for some, the Nelson City Council would not be taking in more than the average 5.4% increase, due to the way rates are calculated. However, because it is calculated based on land QV valuations, the areas with the steepest rates increases were those which had seen the highest jump in land value.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 22 July 2022)

Plan change hearing wraps up

The seven-day hearing into the Kākā Valley private plan change application wrapped up yesterday, with the final day mostly dedicated to planning experts to give their professional opinions on the proposal.

The commissioner chairing the hearing, Greg Hill, took pains to clarify that while the planning experts may consult with or work for the Nelson City Council, they were presenting evidence independently, based on their professional opinion, and were not representing the council’s perspective as an organisation.

The plan change would allow a housing development in Nelson’s Kākā Valley and Atawhai hills.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 22 July 2022)

Kākā Valley hearing summarised

Independent commissioners have a significant job set out for them determining whether to grant a plan-change application to allow urban development in Kākā Valley.

The applicants, their opponents, and neutral planning experts have spent the last week and a half outlining their hopes, concerns, and professional opinions on the potential development of up to 750 houses from the Atawhai hills into the valley.

Kākā Valley is home to a few semi-rural properties on Ralphine Way and a dairy farm, nestled into the side of the lower Maitai Valley.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 23 July 2022)

Eleven against Three Waters

Three councils and eight iwi in the top of the south have teamed up to jointly oppose the Three Waters reform boundaries.

The new model proposed by the Government would set up four entities to manage the country’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater networks, which it said councils had failed to maintain to a safe standard, with 30 years’ worth of outstanding maintenance estimated to cost $185 billion.

Councils across the country have been filing submissions on the Water Services Entities Bill, which passed its first reading in June and was currently before the select committee. Submissions closed yesterday and the committee’s report is due in November.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 23 July 2022)

Te reo in submissions ‘highly offensive’

Race-based bias in the community was felt at all levels, from the rental market to the misuse of Māori language and concepts in submissions to the planchange hearing, iwi representatives say.

In his closing statement to the hearing panel, Ngāti Koata Ltd chief executive Hemi Toia said Ngāti Koata kaumātua found the cultural appropriation of te reo Māori words, songs, and practices by submitters opposed to development in Kākā valley ‘‘highly offensive to Ngāti Koata’’.

‘‘Ngāti Koata kaumātua noted the abundant use of te reo Māori of many submitters against this private plan change,’’ he said. ‘‘While the liberal use of te reo Māori is appreciated, Ngāti Koata expressed great dismay in the way it was used and the context. In the expert view of Ngāti Koata kaumātua this cultural appropriation of our language, songs and practices was not appropriate and was in reality highly offensive to Ngāti Koata.’’

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 23 July 2022)

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