Waikawa Lakes Sub-division

People who submitted to Council on the proposed Waikawa Lakes subdivision today received a letter from HDC. Pritchard Group have advised that it will not be continuing with the application.

HDC also have a copy of a letter to Horizons, similarly confirming Pritchards will not be continuing with the application to that Council.

This is great news for Waikawa. Thanks to all who submitted and to our expert witnesses.

LTCCP Submissions

It has been brought to my attention that some ratepayers think the increase in rates is due to the proposed water scheme and that if the scheme does not go ahead then the rates will not increase. This is incorrect.

The rates increase is due to HDC removing the differential between urban and rural ratings and the increases will continue for five years. If you do not use all the facilitites Levin offers because you are weekenders it is important you point out these matters to the Council. Also the costs involved in maintaining sewerage and water have to be taken into account.

I do urge you to send in a submission to the Council.


Newsletter May 2009

Subscriptions A red sticker indicates you have not yet paid your sub for this year. If you get your newsletter by email please check.
You sub of $25 can be paid to John Brown 9A Gateways Roseneath Wellington or paid into our account 03 0667 0268929 000 at Westpac Levin Thank you.

Your Committee The committee for this year is John Hewitson Chairperson, Erica Wyatt Secretary, John Brown Treasurer, Cecily Archer, Gary Drake, Liz Duncan, Sue Fergusson, Helen Hewitson, Lindis Taylor, Lesley Anne Walker, Joe Wilson.

Obituary Graham Hassell passed away recently. Graham was a committee member for many years and convened the works subcommittee. His latest project was the boat ramp which was completed just before Christmas. Graham will be sorely missed and sincere sympathy is extended to Maureen and the family.

Boat Ramp There have been some enquiries as to the barrier that has been erected on the ramp. This was a condition of the consent required by the Regional Council mainly to stop traffic from inadvertently driving into the stream.

Security There have been a few instances of theft recently. Please be vigilant about security and do let your neighbours and members of the committee know of anything suspicious. It was only through several people reporting what seemed like trivial matters that action could be taken over the last incidents.

NZ Wise This land off Strathnaver Drive has been sold. The new owners who are local, have no plans to subdivide in the near future.

Waikawa Lakes There has been no further development in the consent process.

Rate Increase You will have received in the mail information regarding the massive increase in the rates payable to HDC.
This is due to the proposed changes to the rating system whereby the differential rating will be removed. This will mean a decrease in urban rates and a substantial increase in rural ratings. The increases will continue at significant levels for five years. Do not forget that rural properties also pay a sizeable amount to Horizons for Regional rates. There was widespread opposition to the proposed increases at the meeting at Manakau on Tuesday. The Association is currently drafting a submission opposing the changes. I earnestly suggest you do the same, using the form supplied with the information pack. Or simply write stating your views.
Their email address is enquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz
Postal address – HDC Private Bag 4002 Levin

Water Along with the rates information you received a pamphlet setting out options for a reticulated water system for Waikawa. To qualify for the subsidy from the government, a community must apply and work through the options. Please read this carefully and let me know your views, or contact HDC. I would appreciate a copy of any response you may make to Council.

Working Bee The Council plans to upgrade the Hank Edwards Reserve with plantings and more seating areas. To facilitate this a working bee will be held at the Reserve on Saturday 29 May 9am. Please endeavour to give an hour of two of your time. A plan of the reserve showing the improvements will be posted on the notice board and on our website.

Web site The web site is kept updated regularly. If you have news or an item you would like posted on the web site send to waikawabeach@gmail.com

Erica Wyatt
24 Manga Pirau St
Waikawa Beach
RD 31
Ph 06 362 6679
E-mail pberrett@slingshot.co.nz

Massive Rates Rise

The proposal by Horowhenua District Council to increase rates at Waikawa Beach by up to 66% has gone down like a dead duck.
On top of this the council are proposing that we pay for fresh water reticulation which most residents do not want anyway. One resident takes water into her mother at Levin every time she visits as the mother thinks it is better quality and it keeps her going at times when the Levin water is cut or cannot be used for drinking as happens frequently after heavy rain.
At a time when local bodies have been asked by Central Government to tighten their belts because of the economic downturn this massive increase has come as a shock to ratepayers.

District Plan 2009

Proposed District Plan changes were sent to all ratepayers recently. The Ratepayers Association has made the following submission concerning this proposed plan.

Greenbelt Residential

The Association was involved in submissions and in discussions with the Council concerning the Development Plan. A strong message was received from the community during the consultation process that no further development was welcomed at Waikawa.

Subsequently the Association met with the Council and a compromise position was reached. This position was not viewed favourably by some members.

The proposed plan changes 20/21 are not what the Association agreed with and consequently the Association objects to the proposed changes.

There are several points that should be addressed:

Coastal Environment

It is agreed that this environment is unique and fragile and must be guarded from undue development that would spoil this character.

The Association asks that the Coastal Environment be increased in area to include all of the Waikawa district, namely to include the land up to Waikawa Heights. The dune system extends to at least that area and it seems only logical for it to be zoned that same. During negotiations with both NZ Wise and Waikawa Lakes all this area was considered to be part of the Coastal Environment in reports tabled by Council and is also referred to as Coastal Environment in the Development Plan.

Coastal Lakes

The Association requests that this area be renamed. While it is acknowledged that there are lakes of significant importance in this region, much of it is in significant wetlands as well and this would seem to a logical naming.

It must be stated that the name Coastal lakes implies manmade lakes are acceptable and the Association is strongly opposed to such a suggestion.

Structure Plan 10

This land was originally included in the draft development plan and later removed. At the time of discussions between Council and the Association the land was not included and the Association suggested that 5 ( 2 hectares) of greenbelt residential land would have a minor impact on Waikawa, and would help achieve the Council’s goals.

At no time during the discussions with the Council did the Association ever agree to 7.5 hectares. Five acres was the area of land agreed to. (Please forgive the differing measures.)

The Association only agreed to the five acres as options 4 and 5 were removed from the original draft plan.

The Association is pleased to see the inclusion of Reserve land fronting the river to allow public access should this area ever be developed.

Structure Plan 11

The Association agreed to this being included if public access, both pedestrian and vehicular access was guaranteed.

Structure Plan 11 and the amended District Plan does not allow for this.

This map shows the inclusion of a local road continuing on from the southern end of Manga Pirau St. It must be pointed out that the area adjacent to Manga Pirau St which is currently used for vehicular access, is subject to the effects of high tides and is often covered in debris Predicted rises in sea levels would have a significant effect. The prevailing wind also effects access due to sand movements. A road would require much repair and upkeep and be a waste of ratepayers money. The track is currently kept clear and usable by the community. Vehicle access could remain as it is now with the added benefit of the link road from Sarah St, using the existing access.

The designated Reserve land is less than what was agreed to at the meetings with Council. This was to have included the area directly to the seaward side of the end of Manga Pirau St, continuing on the Reserves that currently exist.

The pedestrian connection from the Reserve land to Reay Mackay Grove is through private property as is the greenbelt local road from Strathnaver Drive south. Have these been discussed with the landowners?

The Association is disturbed to see that alterations to the Development Plan agreed to with Council have been changed with no further consultation. What does this say about consultation?

As these plans stand at the present the Association has no alternative to oppose the proposed changes.

The Association would welcome meeting with the Council to discuss these concerns. If development was to take place in these areas and the developers met the Council’s criteria public notification would appear to not be needed. It is imperative that all concerns are addressed.