Bruce and Margaret Fraser engaged Staig & Smith to be the lead consultants for Bronte Downs, an environmentally sensitive, coastal development within Tasman's Rural 3 coastal area. Bronte Downs is located on the northern Bronte Peninsula adjoining the Waimea Estuary, with the development consisting of a boundary adjustment of four allotments and subdivision of seven allotments.
Staig & Smith worked extensively with the Client to provide relevant solutions and advice that would benefit the environmental quality and economics of the development. The Client was encouraged to seek quality accounting and financial advice that resulted in the subdivision being carried out in two stages, with the process managed to provide the most effective financial structure.
Despite the challenges of this sensitive coastal area Staig & Smith implemented an innovative approach to the development planning that resulted in a high level of amenity and quality environmental outcomes. This development was the first subdivision within the Rural 3 zone to be consented to non-notified, with this being a testament to the sound initial concept design process, the close working relationship between the Clients, Consultants and Council Officers and a comprehensive resource application. Furthermore, the detailed planning process ensured there were no surprises in the construction phase.
Staig & Smith staff worked together through the various design, consent and construction processes and challenges. They built key relationships early on to ensure that the Client's wishes and desired outcomes for the project were fully realised. As a result of these key relationships and detailed planning the resulting project was successfully completed in September 2010, a project that all those involved with can be proud of.
Franz Alpine Resort
Franz Alpine Resort, New Town
Franz Josef Glacier is one of the West Coast's main tourist destinations, however the village of Franz Josef is physically constrained in its potential to service a vibrant and growing tourist sector. Our client, Callery Holdings Ltd sought opportunity to create what will effectively be a new town, Franz Alpine Resort, self-contained but complementing the role of Franz Josef as the existing tourist service centre for the northern glacier region.
Franz Alpine Resort will be situated about 8km north of Franz Josef, on a bush-clad site at Stony Creek. It will eventually cover some 75ha of land, including a tourist core with retail, commercial and tourism focus with integrated access, parking open space and wetlands, and surrounding residential area. Development will be fully serviced with reticulated wastewater treatment, water supply and stormwater management. Subdivision, buildings and open space will be subject of a landscape concept plan and design guideline to ensure that development progresses in a manner sensitive to its natural and landscape setting.
Staig & Smith Ltd was engaged to develop a Private Plan Change Request to rezone the land from Rural to Tourist and Residential zonings, to assist the Client in realising the potential of the site in a planned and integrated approach. We were appointed the Project Managers, co-ordinating landscape, hazards and engineering inputs to the concept design and eventual Plan Change. We were involved in consultation with residents and agencies such as Department of Conservation, Transit New Zealand and West Coast Regional Council. We prepared the Plan Change Request and accompanying statutory documentation, and appeared as Planning Witness for the project. Council's decision to approve the Plan Change was confirmed through settlement of an Appeal to the Environment Court.
Newhaven Subdivision, Marahau
Staig & Smith were engaged by Newhaven Syndicate to carry out concept design, obtain resource consents, prepare engineering drawings and tender documents, oversee award of tender and construction processes along with the land transfer survey and coordination of inputs to obtain Council's completion certificate.
Marahau is located at the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park and is a settlement of mixed permanent residences along with holiday homes. The Newhaven site is located in an environmentally sensitive area close to the coast, and was within an area of interest to local Iwi. Archaeological monitoring was carried out during construction in accordance with Archaeologist recommendations embodied in the resource consent conditions.
The sandy nature of the site provided potential for stormwater percolation to ground in addition to a new stormwater outlet installed to cater for high peak flows. Rain gardens and swales have been used extensively throughout the subdivision providing opportunity for landscape planting sympathetic to the coastal environment. The plantings have softened the built infrastructure and helped develop a cohesive theme and sense of place.