Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne will hold a meeting on Monday for real estate and building industry members to discuss the impact of changes to the council's development contribution policy.
The district council came under fire last week from members of the building and real estate industries over the degree and way in which changes have been made to the way property development levies are collected to support development of infrastructure such as roading, water and stormwater services. The council has cut the general levy, but has removed a discount that applies to a "first dwelling" on a site.
Consequences from changes to the policy meant that from Monday some owners of sections who have yet to build and others buying sections will have to pay up to and beyond $10,000 more in levies to build their homes in subdivisions for which development levies have already been paid. The council was also criticised for the way in which the increase was introduced, with many claiming not to have know anything about it until it was too late.
Mr Kempthorne said he and key council staff would hold the meeting to explain the changes and to provide a forum where people could ask questions.
However, the media was not able to attend.
Mr Kempthorne said it was an "invitation-only" meeting. He wanted an environment where members of the public felt free to speak.
He also did not want a situation where media attendance might encourage grandstanding.
"The publicity has been terrible for the real estate industry in Richmond, mainly as a result of some of the comments made.
"We want free and frank discussion."
A review of laws affecting how development levies are collected by local authorities is part of the Government's nationwide local government reform package, Nelson MP Nick Smith said earlier this week.
The meeting on Monday will be from 5pm to 6.30pm in the Constance Barnicoat Room in the ground floor of the Richmond library.
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