Private developers are proposing a subdivision of approximately 750 houses on land adjacent to the Maitai River, clearly visible from the Maitai Cricket Ground, behind Dennes swimming hole, with vehicle access from Ralphine Way opposite Sunday swimming hole. The subdivision would also be clearly visible from the Maitai track, Maitai Valley Road, the Centre of NZ hilltop, and other walkways in the area, nearest the section of valley that is most commonly used for swimming, running, walking, and relaxation.
The proposed development came to light in the media in June 2020, after Nelson City Council applied for $25 million from central government to upgrade infrastructure that would serve the area.
How is the decision on zoning made?
The Council has been working on the project with the developers, who have lodged an official request to council for a change in land zoning from ‘rural’ to ‘residential’ (i.e., a Private Plan Change Request) that would allow the development to proceed. Strong public interest and opposition to the development has led Council to provide a statement explaining the plan change process.
Council has stated that the application will proceed under Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act which includes public notification. Once the application is formally notified any person may make a submission.
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