Far North Holdings has received the Resource Consent from Far North District Council that it needs to progress its proposed residential development on Kellet Street. It has also received the necessary Earthworks Consent from Northland Regional Council.

Resource Consent was initially received on 20 August this year but contained some minor errors that required correction. Council made these corrections under section 133A of the Resource Management Act and notification of this was received on 7 October.

The Resource Consent covers two stages of the project. The first stage involves subdividing the lots involved to create the proposed titles and house sites. Stage Two involves creating the physical infrastructure for the proposed new properties; roading, telecommunication connections, water and sewerage connection and the like.

The Consented plans now cover 16 house sites instead of the 17 that were initially applied for.

The site falls within the Residential Zone of the District Plan.

The low-density residential scheme is in line with the approved District plan, within an established residential area. It is much lower density than permissible and will provide new accommodation options for people who want to live and work in Opua, supporting growth of local businesses and the local economy.

The Consented plans specify a large area, about 2,800m2, that will be set aside as a green reserve in the middle of the development. This will ultimately include a fitness trail to be planned and project-managed by a group of parents associated with Opua School, which Far North Holdings will help create once plans are ready.

This will link Kellet Street and the school with a children’s play area being planned by Far North Holdings at Bay of Islands Marina.

Far North Holdings is still working with Far North District Council on potential additional car parking that could be made available for the school. The existing car parking numbers and arrangements are unaffected by the development.

The company is working through the Resource Consent conditions. This will take several months. Preliminary earthworks aside, no building is likely to take place for at least two years. Management plans will be put in place over this period to ensure that impact on neighbours is eliminated or reduced as far as humanly possible.

Links to plans:

Consent Decision – Amended and Recieved 7 October
NRC Consent
Plan of site Stage 1
Plan of site Stage 2
Plan of site Stage 1 and 2 Sept 2019
Colour Elevation
Appendix B – Architectual Plans
Far North Holdings Kellet Street Residential Development Q&As

The purpose of this development is to protect the waterfront, boating and major tourist area of Paihia from damaging sea swells. It also provides for an expansion of maritime and land-based facilities for the public and commercial sectors.
A resource consent application has been granted, with Ministerial approval received on 11 October 2010. Changes to the original concept have been made to mitigate concerns expressed by local iwi and DOC.
Major features of the redevelopment include:

  • Close to 325m of new beach between the Paihia Wharf and Nihonui Point, replenishing the foreshore area and creating an attractive recreation area for the local community and visitors.
  • Close to 4,000 sq.m of reclamation to improve public access and provide for a hew helipad, landscaped public areas, a promenade, seating and new public facilities.
  • New boardwalks, viewing decks, connecting walkways, public shelters and seating.
    Artificial reefs to create 440 metres of breakwater.
  • A new navigation channel to the Paihia Wharf.
  • An additional twelve berths for visiting craft inside a 160-metre floating wave attenuator.
  • A new single-storey cafe and restaurant building, and food kiosk.
  • A new fuelling pontoon installed at the western end of the existing wharf wing.
  • Deck areas around the existing aquarium and cafe extended to create an outdoor dining and public viewing platform, including the provision of weigh-station facilities for the big game fishing industry.

The redevelopment will provide a new level of community interaction with the coastal environment and accommodate increasing demands from both commercial and recreational boaties for a safer navigational area in which to berth and load passengers.

The project has been put on hold pending improvements to the economy.