Councillors had a busy final meeting of 2018. Photo: Tim Cuff.

Council ticks off projects at year’s final meeting

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At the final full meeting of the year on 13 December, Nelson City Council approved several new measures. Kate Russell wraps up what you need to know.

Council endorse scope of Southern Link/Rocks Rd project: Following the recommendation to council from the Regional Transport Committee earlier in December, councillors have endorsed the scope of the programme for the Nelson Southern Link/Rocks Rd walking and cycling project. Work will also be carried out to identify whether any enhancements can be made to Rocks Rd – this includes fast-tracking work to identify if there are any short to medium term improvements the area, by mid-2019.

Changes to Gambling Policy adopted: Council has adopted the changes to Nelson’s Gambling Policy, including a reduced cap of 162 electronic gaming machines in the city. This will limit the number of electronic gaming machines at new venues to five rather than nine and includes the provision that new venues cannot be located in high deprivation areas. Council is required by law to review the policy every three years and 50 submissions were received from the public on the proposed changes.

Seafield Terrace storm repairs green lighted: After consulting with affected residents and considering the viability of several options, council will progress with the remediation of Seafield Terrace in Glenduan. This includes the construction of a six-metre wide rock revetment structure engineered to protect the road against 5-10 year storm events. Seafield Terrace and associated infrastructure services suffered considerable damage in the November 2017 and February 2018 storms.

Haulashore jetty to stay: Council has voted to retain the timber jetty on Haulashore Island for its landscape value – but it remains closed to vessels as it is not structurally sound. The jetty has sustained significant damage over the past few years and is not safe for vessels or the public to use. However, feedback from the community showed that even though it can’t be used by the public, it is a valued feature.

Waimea Rd speed limit consultation opens: Council is inviting submissions from the community on a proposal to reduce the current 70kmh speed limit on Waimea Rd to 50kmh. This applies to a 1.3km section of road, from 240m south of Market Rd and 200m north of the Beatson Rd roundabout.
The reasons for this proposal are to provide improved road safety on this section of Waimea Rd and a workable speed environment for the proposed new intersection of Princes Drive with Waimea Rd. A copy of the full Statement of Proposal is available from the council office in Trafalgar St, the Nelson, Stoke and Tahunanui libraries or online at nelson.govt.nz. Submissions close 15 February, 2019.

Modellers Pond trial to continue: A trial at the Tahunanui Modellers Pond will continue for a further five months at a cost of $130,000 to fully assess its effectiveness. The trial began in August to look at the ongoing problem of the growth of weed and algae that has plagued the pond for many years. The trial involves dosing the pond with Diatomix, which encourages diatom growth which then limits the nutrients available for the growth of other algae and weeds. It is believed the trial is making a significant difference and, while algae has continued to grow, it appears to be at far lower levels than at the same time in previous years, which indicates the Diatomix may be having a positive effect.

Iwi and council working together: Council has agreed to the establishment of an advisory group supported by iwi, involving governance representatives from council and iwi. For almost 20 years Council and iwi of Te Tau Ihu (Top of the South) have endeavoured to strengthen their relationship. In 2005 the council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with iwi. Council is now undertaking a review of this relationship post Treaty Settlement.

Assessment of Nelson’s housing capacity accepted: A recently-completed assessment of Nelson’s housing capacity, carried out under the National Policy Statement for Urban Development Capacity, was accepted by council last week. The report shows that council’s work to provide land and infrastructure for new housing is critical in preparing the city to keep up with housing demand over the next 30 years. The analysis provides council with meaningful data on the suitability of remaining land for housing growth and has enabled a future-focussed approach to planning for housing capacity. The assessment was carried out as a collaboration between Nelson City and Tasman District Councils, to allow for a wider perspective on urban housing capacity.