LATEST ON PROPOSED HOUSING

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AAARGH- rows of them!

Think about… huge shadowswind-tunnels(it’s always windy around the Council offices.. a tall building)-  towering buildings... read more researched reasons below.

Councillors agreed to this plan!

We’d prefer to see kinder row houses, and 2-storey buildings with apartments, some with retail etc in the lower storey.

PLEASE TELL US  YOUR VIEWS!

Do you want to see multi-storeys like this dotted around the city centre? Tell councillors what you think!

We’ve set out the facts below 🙂

Keep up with Council’s plans at  Shape Nelson. 

Council is happy to sell off the land and properties for 5-to-8 storey high-rises , as they can use the money from this to pay down debt!  Is this a fair exchange, do you think? And will we have a vote on the types of housing they build?

(This is an artist’s view of the 2 buildings (the yellow ones) looking from Bridge St with the old Nelson Mail building on the right)
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Research links high-rises with crime and violence

We need research done into increased violence and vandalism with this type of housing in similar locations, as numerous research papers shows worrying correlation between high-rises and violence, crime, and vandalism. Studies show that “high-rise housing projects experience more crime than low-rise housing projects in a linear fashion—the higher the building, the higher the crime rate.8

When buildings have more than 50 apartments, residents often treat each other as strangers. This makes them more vulnerable to crime, as residents are less likely to challenge criminals when they enter the building.”

Also, research into the effects of shading and wind tunnels- negatives in many cities with downtown high-rises.

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Details about the proposed housing- types, numbers

  • Kainga Ora says any development would incorporate a mix of types, from one- through to three-bedroom homes.
  • Kāinga Ora would also seek to provide social and affordable housing, to meet the wide-ranging housing needs of Nelson residents.
  • Kāinga Ora anticipates it would build about 125 homes at the Achilles Avenue site and about 50 on Rutherford Street. 
  • The sites present a significant opportunity to create landmark buildings that could range from five to eight storeys.
Suggested view from Bridge ST, beside old NN Mail building
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How many of these apartments will be for social housing?

COUNCIL SAYS: “It is too soon to provide a specific breakdown of what could be built on the site should Council decide to sell the properties and Kāinga Ora purchase them after completing due diligence. Kāinga Ora would look to provide a mixture of both social and affordable housing options. Kāinga Ora has agreed that if any development were to go ahead, less than 50 per cent of the development would be for social housing. The remainder could be made up of one or more of a range of housing types, based on the needs of the community, and this would be determined through the planning stages.” KAINGA Ora SAYS: Preliminary planning has earmarked potentially 175 homes across both sites. However, it is important to remember that Kāinga Ora has not made any commitment to purchase either of the properties. The Nelson City Council consultation process must first take place to help Council understand community views about whether or not to sell either property.

WE ASK: OK, what is affordable housing?

Kāinga Ora invests in a range of programmes to meet the housing needs of New Zealanders. Common housing types and terms they use: • Public (social) housing – Housing provided to an individual or a family who is eligible for the income-related rent subsidy (IRRS), for as long as they need it. • Affordable rental – Long-term rental accommodation, provided at discounted rents. Currently, Kāinga Ora only provides rental accommodation to people eligible for IRRS (public housing), or who were eligible for IRRS when they first rented the home. • Market rental – The provision of long-term rental accommodation. Currently, Kāinga Ora only provides rental accommodation to people who are eligible for IRRS (public housing), or were eligible for IRRS when they first rented the home. Feedback is now open at Shape Nelson. Feedback closes Friday 24 September 2021 at 4.00 p.m. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR VIEWS!
Artist's impression only, at Halifax & Rutherford Streets
Locations proposed to develop these high-rises

COUNCIL SAYS:

“Following consultation with the public during the draft Long Term Plan 2021-31, Council has been actively working in partnership with central government to explore smart housing solutions that aim to increase our supply of affordable housing.

We now have an exciting opportunity to develop high quality, affordable residential accommodation, with commercial and/or community activities on the ground floor, in the city centre in collaboration with Kāinga Ora. The opportunity involves divestment of Council property, and we are now seeking your views.”

“Council undertook consultation on this general approach as part of the Long Term Plan (LTP). The topics outlined in the LTP consultation document included housing affordability, intensification and partnering with central government (specifically Kāinga Ora).

Council now has a good range of views from that LTP process. However, community views on this specific proposal to divest this Council land for social and affordable housing are now being sought.

WE SAY:

It’s a tricky one and we’re still waiting for more information on this ourselves!

Here’s just a few of the questions we’ll be asking councillors (so stay posted on our website):

  • What proportion of residents are planned for different income levels?
  • How many storeys?
  • Research into increasing crime, vandalism around such developments?
  • Will there be an option to ‘rent to buy’ to assist people into the housing market?
  • What facilities will be available on the site – e.g. play areas for children, parking, bike storage, green space..?

Do you have any questions you’d add?

Feedback is now open at Shape Nelson. Feedback closes Friday 24 September 2021 at 4.00 p.m.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR VIEWS!

What about flooding?

The site is located within the river flood and coastal inundation area. Any design for development on the sites will need to meet Council and Government requirements for minimum ground and floor levels.

Marsden Valley plans-what do you think?

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The map shows 3 of the 4 developments that Council is hoping to get government funding for. The fourth is now beside the old pottery on Waimea Road and appears to be the only one getting a unanimous Councillors’ vote.
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Do you think that Nelson developers should be planning to build on the 3 highlighted areas??

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