Speed limits, floor levels and spray

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By David Hill

A Pegasus Community Centre extension, speed limits, Silverstream’s floor levels, glyphosate and a new public arts trust were all debated at Tuesday’s Waimakariri District Council meeting.

Councillors voted to approve staff engaging a contractor to proceed with a planned extension to the Pegasus Community Centre, which was first opened in June 2017.

The council is to contribute $10,000 towards the cost of almost $25,000, with the balance to be paid from funds from centre bookings held by the Pegasus Residents’ Group and community support.

Proposed speed limit changes between Rangiora and Waikuku have been approved for public consultation.

New reduced speed limits are proposed for Coldstream Road, Golf Links Road, Marchmont Road, Smarts Road, Tulls Road, Wards Road, Pegasus Boulevard, Preeces Road, Kaiapoi Pa Road, Tuahiwi Road and surrounding streets.

The consultation will run until September 9.

A New Zealand Transport Agency speed limit consultation for State Highway 1 from Lineside Road to Waikuku is also running until September 6.

Utilities and roading manager Gerard Cleary said council staff have found a resolution to an error which led to the floor levels of 138 Silverstream properties being 150mm lower than the level required for the building consent.

The council commissioned Opus International Consultants to produce flood modelling for the area, which has been peer reviewed by BECA.

The report demonstrated that 98 properties were compliant “with the purpose of the building consent”, but more work is required to bring the remaining 40 properties into compliance.

This will require “obtaining a resource consent variation based on the new Opus modelling” and the engagement of a lawyer “to update the minimum floor level shown on the consent notice on the property file”, Mr Cleary said.

“A letter has been sent to those 40 property owners outlining our offer and seeking their approval to act on their behalf.”

Mr Cleary said addressing the error had cost the council $325,000 and it had written to the developer’s surveyor, Davis Ogilvie Partners, to seek reimbursement.

Greenspace manager Grant Macleod reported back to councillors on the use of glyphosate, an ingredient found in herbicides, in response to public concerns.

He proposed the creation of an online herbicide usage map to keep public informed of spraying in public areas and allowing property owners to sign up for a “no spray” register.

Councillors asked staff to scope the cost recovery and implementation of a “no spray” register and signage and report back.

A Waimakariri Public Arts Trust is to be formed, with expressions of interest for prospective trustees being called for until mid-September.