Nelson City Council's Process
Private developers, CCKV Maitai Dev Co LP & Bayview Nelson Limited have applied to rezone land located in the lower Maitai Valley, specifically Kaka Valley, along Botanical Hill and Malvern Hill, on land predominantly located in the Rural Zone.
The proposed subdivision of approximately 750 houses would go on land adjacent to the Maitai River behind Dennes swimming hole, and also adjoin the existing residential zone on the Malvern Hills. A through-road is planned linking Atawhai to the Maitai Valley via Ralphine Way opposite Sunday swimming hole.
The subdivision would be clearly visible from the Maitai Cricket Ground, Maitai track, Maitai Valley Road, the Centre of NZ hilltop, and other walkways in the area, in the nearest section of the valley which is most commonly used for swimming, running, walking, and relaxation.
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. On 23 September 2021 Council decided to accept the Plan Change to continue to a Resource Management Act Schedule 1 process. See a copy of the Council staff’s report and recommended resolutions. (670KB PDF)
Strong public interest and opposition to the development has led Council to provide a statement explaining the plan change process. Council stated that the application would proceed under Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act which includes public notification. Submissions closed in December 2021, and the hearing is scheduled for July 2022.
For all associated information please see the Nelson City Council website.