Acting Chairman’s Report
Resource Consent 80 Waiheke Rd
The consent is nearly ready for approval with Trustees being sent a set of approval conditions for review. Council has not concerns with the 3 dwellings on the site but have made a covenant of the forest below the house one of the conditions. Although this is unusual for a residential consent on Waiheke Rd, trustees have agreed to the condition since the property is original native forest bordering the Forest and Bird reserve which we wish to protect anyway.
Building Consent 80 Waiheke Rd
The building consent for the property will be divided into two stages with the first stage concerning the drive, parking areas, retaining walls and sub-floor foundations. I am working with council at present on the additional information required and with the architect on platform heights and neighbour’s sign off. Gulf Architects are drafting the working drawings for the building with our kit-set firm Trenz which will make up the second stage of the consent. We are planning for Stage 2 consent approval in early December but expect works to start on the drive prior to that.
I have met with Amelia Lawley from the Waiheke Budgeting Service over a process for tenant selection. We want to ensure and fair process to finding our residents and to choose people who want the houses long term are committed to the objects of the trust and would like in some way to get involved with the build. We are hoping the for the family downstairs we can support them long term to get a home of their own if that is their goal. The two upstairs apartments are for elderly disabled people and both are accessible. We are planning to promote the opportunities and carry out the selection process early in the new year.
Bayleys Waiheke has generously agreed to sponsor the trust. This is fabulous news and the funds will be used to support development of our projects. A big thank you to Mary Curnow and James Davies for arranging this. James has drafted an agreement which Bayleys is currently reviewing.
Tahi Road Building Site
Our builder Tony Faithful has generously offered to share his property at Tahi Rd with the trust for the purposes of erecting sleep outs and tiny houses including access to power. Trustee Mike Maahs has arranged for a journeyman carpenter volunteer to start preparing the site. We hope to erect a tunnel shelter there in the near future.
Auckland Housing Association
We also wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Auckland Housing Association for our project at Waiheke Rd and in return the trust will support the AHA project with materials and consultancy when required.
We are currently drafting two proposals for an impact investor concerning properties on Erua Road and one other larger property. Both proposals would provide affordable rental homes and tiny houses for Waihekeans.
We are pleased to report the progress made on Waiheke’s first affordable rental and thank you so much for your support, without which this would not have been possible.