Property News – 4 October 2023

How easy will it actually be to build six storeys?

For those living in proposed new high-density zones, the Nelson City Council’s Plan Change 29 is a daunting document.

Opponents of the plan have likened it to daylight robbery, warning of developments cropping up without any need for resource consent.

Under the proposed new rules, there would be three residential zones. The general residential zone will allow up to three residential units of up to two storeys, or 8m; medium-density would allow up to three units of up to three storeys, or 12m; and high-density up to three units of up to six storeys, or 19m.

This was a possibility in a black-and-white world, but in reality the rules were a lot more grey, the council’s senior planning adviser Coralie Barker said.

There were 185 planning rules a development had to meet, and much of it would come down to the site being built on.

Those 185 rules are particularly important when it comes to the six-storey buildings.

One rule was a maximum of three units per site, Barker said – so three homes. Any more triggers the requirement for a resource consent.

(Nelson Mail, 25 September 2023)

Playground whale in captivity

The concrete whale at the Tāhunanui Playground Reserve is fenced off while a structural review is carried out. The Nelson City Council commissioned a review of all playground equipment after the concrete train was damaged this month and found to have rusted reinforcing steel, making it unsafe. The train was removed. In a statement yesterday, the council said all other playground equipment, some dating back to the 1960s, had been inspected with no immediate concerns apart from some damaged concrete on one of the toadstools, which will be repaired. Because the whale can be climbed on and walked under, the council sought a structural review but said there were no apparent safety issues.

(Nelson Mail, 27 September 2023)

Landmarks to turn pink

Nelson’s Christ Church Cathedral, Clock Tower, Moller Fountain in Haven Rd, Trafalgar St bridge and Upper Trafalgar St will be glowing in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month from October 2 to 8. They join more than 60 of New Zealand’s landmarks, streets and prominent buildings in a global campaign to shine a spotlight on the importance of detecting breast cancer early. The Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s annual Pink Ribbon Street Appeal will take place on October 27 and 28. Every year around 120 women are diagnosed with breast cancer across the Nelson-Marlborough region.

(Nelson Mail, 27 September 2023)

Tasman’s $27.4m carryover an ’embarrassment’ for staff

More than $27million of delayed Tasman District Council projects will have to be carried over to the next financial year.

At a council meeting last week, a report from senior management accountant Paul Egan listed the projects that would be rolled over to the 2023/24 financial year.

Among the big ticket incomplete carry-over projects were the Richmond cycle lanes (about $872,000), which were put on hold until Transport Choices funding was confirmed, construction on the Great Taste Trail ($975,000) delayed due to iwi consultation, the Berryfield/Lower Queen St intersection upgrade ($2.8m), flood mitigation works on Peach Island ($1.09m), and a bridge capacity upgrade for SH60’s Borck Creek ($2.5m), which was tendered but not awarded due to legal opinion.

Sludge removal ($655,000) was delayed due to Covid-19, and reticulation renewals ($462,000) were also delayed. Of the council’s Digital Innovation Programme, $3.4m was carried over, also partly due to Covid-19.

Port Tarakohe had a $4.7m carryover from its 2022/2023 approved budget of $6.3m.

(Nelson Mail, 29 September 2023)

Partially treated wastewater to be pumped into wetland area in Motueka

Partially treated sewage is being discharged into a Motueka wetland area after a fault in the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

In a statement on Thursday, the Tasman District Council said engineers had noticed degradation in the Motueka plant’s filtration system.

Team leader water supply and wastewater Becky Marsay said the area causing concern was the membranes in the final filtering stage of the wastewater treatment process.

(Nelson Mail, 30 September 2023)

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