Ire over “minor” development

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Tamahere residents are angry at a “large-scale industrial building” erected near a proposed community hub, claiming they were unaware of the development.

The Tamahere Community Committee is questioning Waikato District Council’s decision to grant land use consent to Regal Haulage to expand its operations in Tamahere.

The bulk haulage company, which also has a depot in Bulls, operates more than 90 truck and trailer units and employs more than 140 staff, reports the Waikato Times.

The company’s Tamahere operation is located on Airport Rd.

Tamahere resident Arnold Koppens said the community committee only learnt of the new development on December 2 last year.

“On December 4 our committee had a meeting but by then the floor of this building was down,” he said.

Mr Koppens said the council had erred in not consulting with the public, adding that Regal Haulage planned to use the building to manufacture truck bodies.

Regal Haulage declined to comment to the Waikato Times.

“The council granted the consent as a non-notified application and didn’t consult with residents until after the consent was issued. The building area has gone from 1100 square metres to 2400sqm but the council regarded this change as minor. We’re still waiting to read an environmental impacts report on this development but the council has made the community committee look like idiots. People say we never do anything and that we’re toothless. Well we’ve just found out we’re toothless all right.”

Tamahere ward councillor Wally Hayes sympathised with residents’ frustration and said the council should have notified them about the building.

Mr Hayes said the location of the structure, close to a planned Tamahere community hub and recreational reserve, was “unfortunate”.

“The community’s interest should have been taken into account, especially when you considered what’s been planned next door for the community.”

Council regulatory general manager Nath Pritchard said Regal Haulage’s application was considered in accordance with the Resource Management Act and public notification was not required.

He said the council had imposed consent conditions which placed limits on Regal Haulage’s operations in respect of noise, building height, vehicle movements and operational hours.

“The council is confident that provided Regal Haulage operates within these limits, the effects on neighbouring properties will be acceptable.

“Yes, the size of the building has increased with the addition of a new workshop and extension. In accordance with the RMA the adverse environmental effects were considered and determined to be less than minor on adjacent property owners [and] occupiers,” Mr Pritchard said.

He said Tamahere had evolved from a “rural service centre” to one that supported a range of land uses, including industrial, rural, educational, residential and community facilities and the council had to find an appropriate balance.

But Mr Koppens questioned how rigorously the council would enforce Regal Haulage’s consent conditions.

“We don’t want to be the bogey in all this, but the fact is the council could have talked to us but didn’t.”

10 thoughts on “Ire over “minor” development

  • March 7, 2013 at 7:54 am
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    Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.

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  • March 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm
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    Well John we have now established that you are not in the employ of Regals, however you do not have the balls to actually say who you are.
    Quite frankly I can’t be bothered to read the dribble on personalities, and suggest that you have a great day.

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    • March 6, 2013 at 9:39 am
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      I have enjoyed being able to provide you with other views and options to consider.
      Glad to see that you are mature enough to accept.
      10/4

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  • February 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm
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    Like Icepak’s last application was more stores, more income, more problems and in the end Bang.
    Result: Icepak —— nil; WDC —– nil; Community —– nil; firemen —- 1 death and 7 injured. Property damage, excluding Icepak, $100,000 and more (mostly our house and property) which we funded.

    Regal Haulage: Regal —– 1; WDC —– $17000.00; community — who knows but nil at this stage. Potential for whatever emits from that building which the WDC have vowed to monitor.
    I also note the absence of the McHardies in any input but no doubt John you make a very good spokesperson for them.
    I have no intention to buy a trench coat and sit down at Regals, I couldn’t think of anything more boring. However should the levels of both aluminium and Manganese dust increase from your industrial activities I have no doubt the WDC or the WRC will have you shut down.

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    • March 5, 2013 at 10:54 am
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      As below are a few comments from the above original forum.

      “1)Tamahere residents are angry at a “large-scale industrial building” erected near a proposed community hub, claiming they were unaware of the development”.
      Oh really are we ALL ANGRY. I did not get the chance to offer my view but someone has decided to comment on behalf that we are angry???. Comments like this should be correct before stating as I myself am not angry.

      The bulk haulage company, which also has a depot in Bulls, operates more than 90 truck and trailer units and employs more than 140 staff, reports the Waikato Times.
      MMMMmm 140 staff employed and this provides nothing for the Tamahere community.??????

      He said Tamahere had evolved from a “rural service centre” to one that supported a range of land uses, including industrial, rural, educational, residential and community facilities and the council had to find an appropriate balance.
      Mmmmm again Tamahere evolved from a rural service centre and the council wish to maintain a fair balance for all.???? Sounds OK to me

      FYI. I am not a Regal employee. I have no financial interest in this operation, BUT what I do wish to do is to stop a few Tamahere residents taking it upon themselves to decide who & what should be in Tamahere. As your name appears on most of the negative comments towards this improvement for Regals it appears that the only thing you wish for Tamahere is a few markets / that we all smile and wave as we pass & that we sing christmas carols for a week prior to Christmas.
      Communities are built up of many differnet types of industries and people- thats what makes a community.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm
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    John

    Lets get something clear from the start, I have NEVER had a problem with Regal and their trucks.
    I do have a right like everyone else to know what is happening in the community and voice an opinion.
    I would also like to point out that I have also been in this area before Regal was created and they have been good people doing their trucking very well.

    I do get annoyed by smart arses who never contribute to the community and sit behind a keyboard criticizing .
    The fact is that Regal are to shift an industrial operation from Tauwhare to Tamahere and I must point out that this is heavy industrial manufacturing not a trucking operation.

    The other aspect of the Regal operation Is the “TRUCK WASH ” that is situated on a Reserve in Tamahere and no one has any idea what is being washed from these trucks and irrigated over the gully in Tamahere.
    The rest of your rant I can not be bothered with.

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    • February 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm
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      Hi Arnold.
      I Myself do contribute to the community in a manner of ways so please if your swipe on those that sit behind keyboards was aimed at me understand that alot of people serve the community in othger ways outside of being on a committee and having an OPINION on everything.????
      As far as the Truck wash goes this has council approval and actually goes through a pre treat on site prior to the treated water being dispersed as overflow like many general household water vcollection overflows.
      Your tone sounds like you get rather perturbed with anyone in the community voicing their alternate opinions to show a different perspective to other readers of this site. As far as You getting annoyed and You not be bothered about my rant????? – No rant from this end just having a say from where & what I see. Again though because you are the SELF appointed Mayor of Tamahere and someone stands up to your never ending negativity, You once again clearly show your small minded one eye view to other forum contributors that have just as much right to this site. Hope tomorrow is a better day for you.

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      • February 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm
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        Happy to have the robust debate, John and Arnold, but can I just remind you of Tamahere Forum’s comment policy, which you can see in full here. Please play the ball not the man. Thanks.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 10:06 am
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    Arnold- You don’t want to be the BOGEY in this???
    Well stop moaning and get over it. It is a large new commercial building that appears to look quite smart and in place with the existing buildings.

    Do you really think it is the council that has made the community committe look like idiots.??.
    Perhaps the planned community hub and recreational reserve should have taken into account that there was & is an industrial trucking operation currently beside this plan.?
    I am sure we will see you with camera in hand monitoring the vehicle movements from this site as your negativity continues to grow with Regals.

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    • February 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm
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      Totally agree with John. It is with great interest and concern that the development proposed around Tamahere school area is done with great foresight, intelligence and style. It is so easy to make a huge mistake and create a common look and stifled environment with poor traffic flow and inadequate parking – lets hope Matakana/Tirau boutique shopping leads by example. Regals have been there for years and the locals should be delighted with their growth and confidence in the current economic market. Anybody who understands the skill and expertise required to keep an industry such as theirs afloat could only support all decisions to expand the business. Good on them!!

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