Crows Nest subdivison update

The Crows Nest looms high on the skyline behind Ngaio.

In 1996, plans to rezone the land below the Crows Nest from Rural to Residential re-emerged. They appalled local residents who appealed to the Environment Court. Finally, in August 1998, Wellington City Council and Kilmarston Properties signed an agreement.

As a result, the Kilmarston block comprises mainly Residential, but also Open Space and Rural Zone land. The Court reduced the maximum number of houses on the block from 125 to 41.

New subdivision plans emerged in 2003 and Council hearings took place in 2006. They granted consent to the development.

NPA appealed Council’s decision to the Environment Court and we have been in mediation with Council and the developer since 2007. This winter, we finally signed a memorandum of understanding with Council.

Read a history of the proposed subdivision (Word doc 66.5 KB). We prepared this in 2008 as part of our evidence for the Environment Court.

What happens now?

If the development proceeds and the land subdivided, Council will purchase Lot 45 – which contains the Crow’s Nest. It will become part of the Outer Green Belt. You will be able to access Lot 45 from a public road and there is potential for a walking track up to the Skyline Walkway.

We are really pleased to formalise public access to the Crows Nest. Trelissick Park Group have grave concerns about the effects any earthworks will have on our Korimako and Kaiwharawhara Streams.

Read more in the press:

Ngaio subdivision spat partly solved, (Wellingtonian)

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