Property News – 7 March 2024

Beach cleanup gets funding

The Nelson City Council’s remediation project for sawdust contaminated with arsenic and other chemicals at a Tāhunanui Beach carpark has received $134,000 in Government funding. Environment Minister Penny Simmonds said the project was one of four to receive money from the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund. The $134,000 is earmarked for the planning of the project. The council has estimated that it will cost $5.8 million to remove the sawdust, which was dumped at the beach in the 1960s. Councillors will consider removal options on March 7.

(Nelson Mail, 28 February 2024)

High risk sees tracks closed

The high fire risk has closed several tracks near Kaiteriteri, including to Split Apple Rock (Moonraker Way track), Towers Bay, Kohi Track, and the track at Tokongawa Recreation Reserve. The tracks in Brooklyn Domain are also currently closed, the Tasman District Council said.

(Nelson Mail, 28 February 2024)

Nelson city apartment plans scrapped

Proposed multi-storey social housing apartment developments in central Nelson have been dropped after a two-year search failed to find a development partner.

The Nelson City Council is now looking at options for its two sites, 69-101 Achilles Ave (which currently has the Community Art Works and 4 Seasons buildings) and 42 Rutherford St (the Zumo coffee building).

Regional director Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Julia Campbell said thorough investigations had shown it was not financially feasible to provide a mix of only social and affordable housing on the sites.

(Nelson Mail, 1 March 2024)

Water levels ‘dangerously low’

Waimea dairy farmers subject to water restrictions could be facing a “disastrous” irrigation ban if water levels drop further, says an irrigation group.

Brian Halstead, representing the Waimea Irrigators and Water Users Society which has opposed the Waimea Dam from the outset, said the council had introduced 50% rationing on the plains and the next step was a cease take.

(Nelson Mail, 1 March 2024)

Trails reopened

Recreational trails for mountain bikers and walkers on Tasman Pine Forests land in Nelson have reopened after the fire risk eased. Tasman Pine advised the Nelson City Council that a decrease in the Build Up Index, a measure of fire risk and further forecasted rain, meant recreational access could resume from 6am on Thursday. The trails were shut on February 15.

(Nelson Mail, 1 March 2024)

Water fines

Most water consent holders in Tasman have complied with restrictions during the current dry spell, but the Tasman District Council has issued four fines to two users. Dry Weather Task Force convenor Kim Drummond said all users had a part to play in wise water management. The task force met this week following variable rainfall across the district last weekend. However, by the middle of the week, river levels had returned to previous levels, or in some cases, dropped further. The task force is keeping most of the current water restrictions in place except for Moutere Western Groundwater area, which is moving to Stage 2, Wangapeka and Baton areas going to Stage 1, joining the other areas of the Upper Motueka catchment, and Wai-iti zones have been taken to Stage 1.

(Nelson Mail, 1 March 2024)

Kākā Valley development promotes social and economic aspirations of iwi

The Judge’s preliminary comments on Kākā Valley rezoning were welcomed by many in the courtroom in February.

Whilst the plan change was approved in 2022, a group called Save the Maitai appealed the decision through the Environment Court. The comments on rezoning were shared at the summation of this hearing.

Engaged by CCKV as the facilitator for Iwi-project relationships late in 2022, I had followed the development with interest before this, specifically because of the iwi-developer partnership.

(Nelson Mail, 2 March 2024)

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