Bringing updates on TDC policy to our members.

Local Elections 2016

Just a reminder that elections for Council, Community Boards and District Health Board will be held this year.

Nominations for all positions will be open until 12 August. Voting will open on September 16, and close on Saturday 8 October.

Last election, our three standing Councillors for the Moutere/Waimea ward ran unopposed. The same will not happen this year. Already two new nominations have been received for the position of Councillor in this ward: Graeme Stradling of Ruby Bay and Gary Watson of Mainland TV have both put their names forward this year. Follow this link to see all nominations.

We hope to hear more from all candidates soon.

TDC: Riparian Planting in the Moutere

As some residents might have noticed, Council is currently creating riparian plantings along the bank of the Moutere River north of Kelling Road.

Here is what TDC Rivers & Coastal Engineer Giles Griffith has to say:

"The Kelling Road site is a great opportunity, it’s not often there is such a large, suitable site available.  The plans are to revegetate much of the lower terrace beside the stream in this area, and control weeds over the next three years or so until the plants are away."

He points out there are also a number of other riparian plantings in the Moutere but these are less visible.

Giles is always on the lookout for good sites so if you or somebody you know have any suggestions for other sites in our area he would be happy to look at them.

The Moutere Hills Residents Association is always happy to collect and forward feedback & suggestions.

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Settlement Update - Upper Moutere

What's in the Annual Plan 2016/17 for Upper Moutere?

A little extract from the Tasman District Settlement Areas update.

 

2015-18

2018-24

2025-2034

Population

153

163

174

Household size

2.62

2.58

2.38

Number of dwellings required

3

4

10


"The Upper Moutere settlement is a relatively small community and the population is expected to increase by only 29 people by 2039."

"Water supply is restricted and is at capacity. Dovedale water pipeline renewals are therefore planned between 2015 and 2022. As a result modest amounts of land were identified for residential growth in the growth model review and no further land was identified for business use as demand does not exist."

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TDC Annual Plan 2016/17

The Tasman District Council has released key points of its plan for the coming year, which include:

  • Total projected rates income increase of 1%
  • Debt $12 million less than forecast
  • Same levels of service

The full Annual Plan 2016/17 is yet to be adopted in Council (this is expected May).

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TDC Items on Long Term Plan 2015-2025

These are recent TDC news items regarding water issues in the district and the consultation of the Long Term Plan 2015-2025:

Listening & Partnership Creates Strong Financial Plan for the Future

"Mayor Richard Kempthorne says community input and a responsive Council effort have combined to ensure the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 Consultation Document is proposing a sound financial strategy for the future."

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Water in the Waimea is Still a Key Issue

"Access to a secure water supply in the Waimea Plains remains one of the five key issues facing the Tasman District Council. As such, it takes a prominent position in its Long Term Plan Consultation Document to be released for consultation from Monday 9 March."

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Tasman District Council Meets its Commitments in Proposed Long Term Plan

"Tasman District Council has adopted and released its Long Term Plan 2015-2025 Consultation Document and is seeking public comment on it."

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Public Meetings for Long Term Plan 2015-2025 Consultation

Now it’s time for you to have your say - Here's a the list of public meeting and hearing dates and venues.

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Feedback to Open Space Strategy by TDC

Open spaces in our district include all parks, reserves, cycleways, walkways, cemeteries, beaches, rivers and lakes.

Tasman District Council is currently working on a new draft for how these spaces can be better managed in the future and is asking for community feedback which will then be used as part of the strategy.

This is your chance to have a say on the issue - simply by completing the online questionnaire at the TDC website. You can find this at this link. It might take ten minutes of your time, but you will have contributed to the future of the district!

Rural Land Use and Subdivision Policy Review

Council is currently in the process of reviewing the Rural Land Use and Subdivision Policy and are running a public consultation to gather feedback from residents. If you are concerned about how our rural land should be used in the future this is your chance to put in your thoughts.

Council has various background and discussion documents for download on their website and three separate online feedback forms for individuals to use. We are also happy to gather individual feedback and comments from members and compile those into a coordinated response to council through the association.

Feedback forms close 29 November.