Nelson City Council meeting of the
Nelson City Council
Thursday 11 June 2015
Commencing at 9.00am
110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
A1371118 - Petition to Clean our Modellers' Pond 3
8 Mayor's Report
R4382 - Tabled Document - Mayor's Report 163
9 Draft Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan
A1368903 - Tabled Document - Brook Recreation Reserve Management Plan Panel Terms of Reference 165
10 Housing Accord
A1314265 - Tabled Document - Housing Accord Attachment 2 166
25.1 Single Catchment
A1369857 - Tabled Document - Single catchment revision Council meeting 11June2015 Development Contributions Policy 173
Uniting Through Sport
3.1 Sport Tasman has successfully managed a project to help some Myanmar refugee families from Nelson attend the Myanmar versus New Zealand, FIFA under 20 World Cup Game in Wellington on 5 June 2015.
3.2 Her Worship the Mayor agreed to donate $500 towards this project from the Mayor’s Discretionary Fund.
Nelson Digital Future Working Party
3.3 In the Mayor’s Report of 20 November 2014, Her Worship the Mayor indicated her interest in forming a working party with a focus on Nelson’s Digital Future.
3.4 Subsequently, the Economic Development Agency (EDA) has been working with a group of passionate individuals in the community who are keen to implement the “Gigaplan” Digital Strategy. The Gigaplan is a community owned document which emerged from the Gigatown competition held last year.
3.5 The first meeting of this group was convened on 5 May 2015. Bill Findlater from the EDA and Chris Ward, Group Manager Community Services were invited to the meeting. Through these connections Her Worship the Mayor considers that the outcomes sought, in respect of leveraging opportunities from the economic and community collaboration that has occurred in Nelson, will be achieved. The EDA is resourcing this group to progress a Digital Strategy for our region. As a result, there is no need to form a further working party.
2017 British and Irish Lions Tour
3.6 New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has been in contact with Nelson City Council, and has confirmed that Nelson is not a preferred venue for the 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour in a proposal that is currently being considered by the British and Irish Lions Board.
3.7 Competition was strong from venues in New Zealand wishing to host this tour with many more host options than NZR could fill. NZR have assessed the tour options and confirmed their programme which is now awaiting Lions sign off. Financial return to NZR was a significant factor in finalising the programme.
3.8 NZR had given Nelson City Council preliminary advice several weeks ago that our bid was unlikely to make the final cut but they were still in negotiation with other venues to confirm the programme. Had those negotiations not proceeded to their satisfaction then NZR wished to reserve the opportunity to discuss our bid further. NZR asked us to retain an obligation of confidence while they conducted these negotiations. This is not unusual in event hosting negotiations and we have respected that request.
3.9 Council considered the submissions on the LTP and confirmed that it was prepared to commit $500K (as notified in the plan) to hosting the Lions if we were a successful bidder.
3.10 The LTP requires signoff by 30 June and, with the confirmation from NZR that Nelson is not part of the proposal being considered by the Lions, we will remove the provision of $500,000.
3.11 Should there be a change to the allocation of matches that may affect Nelson, then NZR will contact us at the earliest opportunity.
3.12 Nelson is committed to hosting large scale sporting and entertainment events. NZR have acknowledged and respect our track record. The city has shown it has the capacity and facilities by successfully hosting the recent Crusaders v Hurricanes game and both the Rugby World Cup at Trafalgar Park and Cricket World Cup at Saxton.
4.1 That Council notes the updates in this report.
Nelson Housing Accord (the Accord)
1. This Accord between Nelson City Council (the Council) and the Government is intended to result in increased land supply for housing and therefore improved affordability of homes in Nelson.
2. An adequate supply of land for housing and
housing affordability are key elements in maintaining a well-functioning,
dynamic district with a strong economy and healthy communities. Nelson is
experiencing issues around the affordability of housing. While supply of zoned
land is being maintained subject to servicing, the availability of land parcels
in locations and at a rate that might influence affordability is a matter for
3. Nelson City has a steady demand for new housing due to both a growing population, driven by positive net migration and natural increase (more births than deaths), and an ageing population, which is driving a trend towards more one- and two-person households. Nelson’s population experienced an average annual growth rate of 1.1% between 2006 and 2013, and projections are for the population to grow by 0.7% annually over the next ten years. Home ownership rates have remained stable over the last decade, at 68% of households.
4. The urban area of Nelson is geographically compact and new residential development is constrained by topography of hills, valleys and coastal areas. . Recent valuation assessments have estimated 426 ha of residential land is available for development, some of which still requires infrastructure servicing, and some of which is subject to other constraints e.g hazards.
5. The aggregate housing affordability index
(integrating median dwelling prices, average weekly income and average mortgage
rates, across all housing market segments) as prepared by Massey
University in late 2014 for Nelson (as part of Nelson-Tasman
Marlborough regional cluster), shows that Nelson is less affordable than the national average.
6. The Council and Government agree that joint action is needed to improve housing supply and affordability in Nelson.
7. This Accord is part of the Government's housing affordability programme , which includes initiatives to address:
· The supply of land available for
· The efficiency and timeliness of the
provision of infrastructure to new development.
· The cost of construction materials.
· Compliance costs.
· Productivity in the construction sector.
8. This Accord
the basis for collaboration between the Government and Council to support
an increase in housing and improve
housing affordability in Nelson.
9. This Accord recognises that by working
collaboratively the Government and the Council can achieve better housing outcomes for the
10. The parties acknowledge that improving housing affordability is a complex issue and requires consideration of wider issues, not all of which will be able to be addressed under this Accord.
11. This Accord is a tool to facilitate
development aligned with the Council's policy and regulatory framework including
the Nelson Resource Management Plan and the Long Term Plan. This framework
includes initiatives to:
· Enable a mix of housing types, including
more affordable homes.
· Encourage developers through a package
of incentives to prepare their land and build houses more quickly than has been
the case over the last three years. (Note: developers do not necessarily build
houses but the generic term developers in this Accord is also intended to cover
· Increase developer confidence in the
Council to encourage a more collaborative approach between the Council and
developers that results in a commitment to bring a continuous supply of land
and houses to the market over the long term.
· Better align public infrastructure investment and private sector housing development.
12. The Council will work collaboratively with the Tasman District Council should any areas for potential housing development be identified by either Council across territorial boundaries or be serviced by infrastructure from the other Council.
13. Under this Accord the Government and the Council agree to :
Increase the supply of affordable housing in Nelson with a particular focus on existing residentially zoned land.
Encourage developers to subdivide and prepare their land and build houses following release of serviced residentially zoned land more quickly than has been the case over the last three years.
Ensure housing developments provide for a mix of house types and include more affordable homes to be sold at different price points.
Maintain an appropriate supply of undeveloped zoned and serviced land for residential development to ensure a healthy degree of competitive pressures amongst developers.
Encourage the redevelopment of suitable residentially zoned land to yield greater density of new dwellings that may be more affordable.
Review planning provision for residential living in Nelson to provide greater flexibility around housing choices.
The Council will progress actions to encourage faster development of serviced residential zoned land and the development of more affordable homes.
The Council will consider mechanisms which may include differential rating and
development control powers to speed up supply and improve affordability.
The Council is undertaking a review of the Nelson Resource Management Plan to ensure the Plan responds appropriately to development demand by delivering a framework to support and encourage residential development.
The Council will continue to collaborate with the residential development community to exploit opportunities to utilise already residential zoned land that is suitable for increased density of more affordable new dwellings.
Have a constructive relationship with developers, balanced by the need to retain financial prudence and process integrity .
Monitor resource and building consenting processes to ensure that they are efficient and do not create unnecessary delays to development.
To engage early in pre- application discussions particularly to address servicing and design needs and implications through the Major Projects Team and other initiatives.
The Council will establish a Developer's Forum for the purpose of discussing issues of common interest.
The Council will seek further opportunities to manage regulatory processes so that it can better anticipate and facilitate residential developments that contribute to the supply of affordable housing.
Special Housing Areas
14. Upon commencement of this Accord, the Council will have the ability to recommend the creation of Special Housing Areas to the Minister of Building and Housing under the Act. If the Government agrees, the recommended Special Housing Areas could be established by Order in Council, enabling the Council to access the powers available under the Act.
15. The Council and
Government agree on the importance of targets to give effect to the purpose of
this Accord. Both parties to the Accord accept that the targets are,
necessarily, ambitious to meet Nelson's housing needs.
16. These targets will be
achieved through a combination of private sector development, direct Council
and Government action and through collaborative action with other
agencies. The targets will need to be achieved mainly by private housing
developers, notwithstanding Council has an active role in making serviced land
available for housing. This Accord is about enabling private investment in
housing and will require both Council and Government to work closely with the
development and housing sector. Council and Government further agree
within their respective areas of control to endeavour to achieve the agreed
targets within the timeframe of this Housing Accord.
17. The agreed medium-term targets are:
Yield of serviced residential lots (titled) from residential zoned land
Total dwellings consented
Note: Targets are based on household projections of 184 households per annum over the next 10 years as population growth is slowing due to an ageing population, refer http://www.nelson.govt.nz/population. The targets above will be measured against Council gathered and publicly available information as appropriate. Aspirational targets relate to respective financial years.
Factors Outside Scope
18. This Accord does not limit the Council, or the Government, coming to differing positions in respect of Government programmes of reforms to the Resource Management Act or other legislation. The Government welcomes submissions from Council at the appropriate stages in the process.
Governance and Processes
19. Governance of this Accord will rest with a Joint Steering
Group comprised of the Minister of Building and Housing and the Mayor and
Deputy Mayor of Nelson. The Joint Steering Group has the ability to amend this
Accord, including targets, upon agreement. The targets shall be reviewed
annually, subject to reports on progress and the state of the
20. To operate this Accord, the Council and Ministry of
Business, innovation and Employment will establish an Officials Working Group,
which will meet and form sub groups as it deems necessary to advance the
implementation and meet the objectives of this Accord.
21. This Officials Working Group will report to the Joint
Steering Group at least biannually and will prepare any progress or monitoring
reports requested by the Joint Steering Group.
22. The Joint Steering Group will meet biannually to review the progress in implementing and achieving the targets of the Accord. A full review of the effectiveness of the Accord and actions taken under it will be carried out after its first 12 months of operation.
Monitoring and Review
23. In order to ensure that the purposes and targets of this Accord are achieved, the Joint Steering Group will monitor and review the implementation and effectiveness of this Accord .In order to do this officials will meet as appropriate to:
progress in implementing the Accord.
· Review progress towards the Accord targets.
· Discuss and agree other areas of joint action or information sharing.
Commencement of the Accord
24. This Accord will take effect from the date of ratification by the Council.
25. Prior to either party exercising the right to terminate this Accord under clause 26, the parties agree that they shall first comply with the dispute resolution process set out in clause 25.
26. The dispute resolution process is as follows:
· The initiating party must immediately,
and in writing, bring the dispute to the attention of the other party.
· The Joint Steering Group must hold an
initial meeting for the purposes of resolving the dispute within 10 business
days of the dispute being brought, in writing, to the attention of the
· If, for any reason, the
Steering Group is unable to resolve the dispute in the initial meeting, the
Steering Group must reconvene for the purpose of resolving the dispute within
20 business days of the date of the initial meeting
· If the Steering Group remains
unable to resolve the dispute at the second meeting then either party may elect
to terminate the Accord in accordance with clause 24.
· Pending final resolution of the dispute the parties must continue to perform their obligations under this Accord as if a dispute had not arisen.
Termination of the Accord
27. Subject to first complying with the requirements of clauses 22 and 23, either party may terminate this Accord, on any of the grounds set out in clause 25, by giving not less than three (3) months notice to the other.
28. The grounds on which this Accord may be terminated are:
· Failure to reach the agreed targets as
set out in the Accord, whether the failure results from inaction or ineffective
· Failure on the part of the Council to
exercise the powers and functions of an Authorised Agency under the Housing
Accords and Special Housing Areas Act.
· The parties agree that there is an
irretrievable breakdown in the relationship. Notwithstanding any other
provision of this Accord, the parties agree that clauses 24 and 25 shall not
apply to a termination on this ground, or
· Nelson is removed from Schedule 1of the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act, in accordance with that Act (e.g. if Nelson no longer meets the affordability and land supply criteria provided for under that Act).
29. To align with disestablishment clauses in the Act, the Accord will terminate on 16 September 2016 if not already terminated by either party. In the event that notification of termination is given by either party, the Accord will terminate three months from notification or on 16 September 2016, whichever comes first.
30. The Mayor and the Minister of Building and Housing agree that any communications or publicity relating to this Accord will be mutually agreed prior to release.
31. This Accord is subject to ratification by the Council. If it is not ratified the parties agree that this Accord will be at an end.
Signed on this day of 2015
Hon Dr Nick Smith Rachel Reese
Minister of Building and Housing Mayor of Nelson
Council’s one-catchment approach
This Policy has retained a one-catchment approach to assessing the costs of development. The funding framework of Nelson City has long been based on a one-catchment approach to reflect the compact nature of the city (see Chapter 6 of the NRMP).
The Council assessed the effects of adopting a multiple catchment approach for planning and funding services in 2006 and again in 2014 when this Policy was reviewed in line with principles outlined in the LGA 2002. Council believes any benefit of using a more targeted, catchment by catchment approach is outweighed by the additional costs to administer a more complex policy.
Council’s one-catchment approach
The Council assessed the effects of adopting a multiple catchment approach for planning and funding services in 2006 and again in 2014 when this Policy was reviewed in line with principles outlined in the LGA 2002. The funding framework of Nelson City has long been based on a one-catchment approach to reflect the compact nature of the city (see Chapter 6 of the NRMP).
Council has considered the practicalities of a one catchment versus a multiple catchment approach, taking into account the compact nature of the city and considerations of fairness and equity. Having considered all elements of the principle in s197AB(g) LGA, Council concluded that it is not practical to avoid a district wide catchment and believes any benefit of using a more targeted, catchment by catchment approach is outweighed by the additional costs to administer a more complex policy.