Feedback wanted on housing plan for rural land

The Nelson City Council  wants feedback on a proposal for an 80 lot Special Housing Area earmarked for rural Atawhai land.
JONATHAN CARSON

The Nelson City Council wants feedback on a proposal for an 80 lot Special Housing Area earmarked for rural Atawhai land.

A proposal to build an 80 lot subdivision on rural Nelson land has gone out for public consultation.

The site, on Wakapuaka Rd, Atawhai north of Clifton Tce School, is currently zoned rural.

Developers are seeking to have its zoning changed as part of the part of the special housing area accord - a process that fast-tracks housing developments.

Nelson City councillors voted to consult on the proposal following a heated council meeting on Special Housing Areas (SHA) last month.

Some councillors raised concerns about a backlash if the Wakapuaka Rd site's zoning was changed to residential without talking to the community. This happened with an SHA approved at Farleigh St, Atawhai.

The Special Housing Areas Act does not usually provide for formal consultation on the creation of SHAs.

Buildings in the Wakapuaka Rd development would have a maximum of two storeys and not exceed a height of 7.5m. The minimum number of dwellings on the site is 70 residential lots.

Feedback closes on May 3 and the council will make a decision on the site on June 8.

A form to give feedback is available via the council's website. 

The council approved four new SHAs in March and extended the accord until 2021.

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The accord is an agreement between central government and councils that aims to speed up housing developments to increase housing stock. The city council signed the agreement in 2013 and since then 13 SHAs have been approved. 

 - Stuff

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