On 9 March 2018, the chief executive of Tauranga City Council issued a warrant to avoid immediate danger to 21 properties in the Lakes partially built by the liquidated developer, Bella Vista Homes.
Media statement - Tauranga City Council releases independent report by Hon. Paul Heath QC
Media statement - Tauranga City Council announces intention to purchase former Bella Vista properties
View video summary of investigation from the Honourable Paul Heath QC
View transcript of investigation summary (35kb pdf)
View report from the Honourable Paul Heath QC
The properties were in varying stages of completion, and located on Lakes Boulevard and Aneta Way.
Residents were evacuated and provided temporary accommodation while the properties were assessed, which included inspections by building and engineering specialists.
On 16 April, 2018, based on the findings of geotechnical, structural and compliance experts, Council issued the owners of all 21 properties dangerous and affected, or affected, building notices under the Building Act 2004.
On 6 June 2018, Council made the decision to purchase the affected properties. By 1 November, 2018, settlementhad been reached with all homeowners. This resulted in the Council taking ownership of the properties.
Tauranga City Council has also filed charges against parties related to Bella Vista Homes under the Building Act. These legal actions are ongoing.
Council has made significant changes and improvements to its operations since the failure of the Bella Vista subdivision. These are outlined in report DC 82, in the following council agenda from pages 262 to 266, which was presented to Council on 16 April 2019:
Council Agenda part 2 - 16 April 2019 (9.9mb pdf)
Council relied on these expert reports to issue (and in some cases remove) dangerous and affected building notices relating to the failed Bella Vista development.
Bella Vista – Expert reports (100kb pdf)
For further information, please view the media releases issued by Tauranga City Council on Bella Vista homes.
Bella Vista meeting transcript - 8 May 2018 (90kb pdf)
Last Reviewed: 17/04/2019