Featherston: Small and Tiny Home Development Update

This is an update about the Brookside Featherston development which is starting to get really exciting with Ian and the team at Brookside getting closer to submitting the Resource Consent application.

Here is the news from Ian McComb on recent progress…

The community consultation survey closed with 71 responses with the final trends the same as I reported to you last month. This has allowed us to see your predominantly positive response and understand that the chief concerns were related to the perception of “​too much” ​ in terms of houses, people, cars and/or noise. In response to that concern we have looked at the concept of a ​permitted baseline under the District Plan residential zoning rules and checked the development with these rules. Our assessment is that while the development will have more homes than the District Plan assumes, the impacts could easily be less than a development that was in full compliance with the District Plan. This is due to our provision for mostly 1 and 2 bedroom dwellings; which are currently in short supply in the housing market.

Development Options Comparison

AspectComplying PlanProposed Plan
Number of houses68up to 120
Number of bedrooms~238
up to 226
Residential car parks typically 136+
up to 120
Section building coverage up to 60% up to 40%
Total site building coverage up to 45% up to 23%

This assessment shows that our proposed approach, including limiting cars, maximum house sizes and site coverage covenants, means that there will potentially be ​22% more open space​ and ​no more cars​ or people than another development could legally generate under the existing Council residential zoning rules.

We are also investigating seeking a ​Green Star Community​​ rating for the development from the New Zealand Green Building Council as we are already proposing:

● solar power
● composting
● limiting car usage
● recycling facilities
● a repair café
● walking and cycling paths
● energy efficient buildings
● low flow water fittings
● stormwater capture for garden watering
● on site food production 

Overall, we are focused on and committed to providing the best development that we can. We are really excited about the amount of positive interest we have had in our proposal but we know we can’t count our chickens yet as the consent process lies before us. Council will review our proposals and documentation and decide if it merits consent.

If you are interested in more information about this great initiative:

you can follow progress on Facebook: @brooksidevillages.co
or email: ​ian@brooksidevillages.co​
or check out the project website: https://brooksidevillages.co/projects/featherston

 

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