Rural res­i­den­tial lifestyle with a dif­fer­ence

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How can the de­mand for rural liv­ing that is so much part of the NZ dream be ac­com­mo­dated while pre­serv­ing pro­duc­tive and con­ser­va­tion land use? Ray and Pam Hol­lis faced this ques­tion in 2004 when con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture of their 100 ha farm at Wells­ford. The op­por­tu­nity to sub­di­vide by carv­ing it through a ‘bush lot’ sub­di­vi­sion would have re­sulted in frag­men­ta­tion of the farm land and that did not ap­peal to them. They con­sid­ered this was un­suit­able for their prop­erty so they em­barked on a long and some­times ar­du­ous plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to cre­ate a sus­tain­able land use project that also pro­vides for rural res­i­den­tial liv­ing. The fi­nal plan has 12 free­hold 1acre rural res­i­den­tial lots strate­gi­cally lo­cated to avoid in­ter­fer­ence with the farm­ing op­er­a­tion. Each lot owner has a 1/12th own­er­ship in the farm which is an equal mix of pro­duc­tive farm land and con­ser­va­tion. The lot own­ers ben­e­fit from their iden­tity with the land, ac­cess over it and the op­por­tu­nity to graze do­mes­tic an­i­mals un­der con­tract with the work­ing farm lessee. The work­ing farm is to be leased. Ray and Pam will con­tinue to farm the land as lessee for the first six years. The own­ers’ af­fairs are ad­min­is­tered through an in­cor­po­rated so­ci­ety un­der a man­age­ment agree­ment. The net rental is dis­trib­uted back to the own­ers. Ray ex­plains that the con­cept has de­vel­oped through years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a Farm Man­age­ment Con­sul­tant. He has ob­served other ‘Farm park’ style de­vel­op­ments but they are more of­ten fo­cused on cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion through the sub­di­vi­sion and not pri­mar­ily on sus­tain­able, pro­duc­tive land use. He is con­cerned that the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture is be­ing lost and pro­duc­tive farm land is go­ing with it. Con­ser­va­tion is im­por­tant but it is alarm­ing when ter­tiary plan­ners ap­pear to have lit­tle in­ter­est in pro­tect­ing pro­duc­tive land use. He is also con­cerned about the di­vi­sion be­tween ur­ban and rural view points and has a de­sire to pro­mote a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can en­joy, un­der­stand and be part of rural life with­out the has­sle of car­ing for stock and land Phone Ray and Pam on 09 4238707 or 0274 939 703 or visit our web site at www.grace­farm.co.nz

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