Res­i­dents left in the dark over com­plex

Central Leader - - News -

By Heather McCracken

Res­i­dents fight­ing a pro­posed ho­tel and apart­ment com­plex are frus­trated at be­ing left out of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The Logan Park Ho­tel de­vel­op­ment, on the for­mer Kings­gate Ho­tel site in Green­lane, was turned down by re­source con­sent com­mis­sion­ers last year.

De­vel­op­ers ap­pealed against the de­ci­sion and are now in talks with the coun­cil over mod­i­fied plans.

Logan Park Com­mu­nity Group mem­ber Maria De Jong says of­fi­cers were ex­pected to rec­om­mend the coun­cil with­draw its op­po­si­tion.

But res­i­dents ar­gued against set­tling with de­vel­op­ers at the coun­cil ap­peals sub­com­mit­tee meet­ing late last month.

“We told the coun­cil­lors on the sub­com­mit­tee that we felt we hadn’t been party to ne­go­ti­a­tions and were held at arm’s length,” Mrs De Jong says.

“The whole pro­posal was still too big, far too in­ten­sive and too high.”

Mrs De Jong says de­vel­op­ers have made mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the orig­i­nal de­sign, but it’s not enough.

“The bulk of the de­vel­op­ment re­mains and it’s over­sized and doesn’t fit with the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood,” she says.

Neigh­bour Ta­nia Morgan says they’re not against de­vel­op­ment at the Camp­bell Rd ho­tel site, which has been empty for a year.

But the 107-apart­ment pro­posal by Logan Trust is too big for the res­i­den­tial 6A-zoned neigh­bour­hood, she says.

“We’re not talk­ing about an odd me­tre here or there, we’re talk­ing about dou­bling the size.”

The sub­com­mit­tee con­sid­ered the ap­peal in se­cret af­ter ear­lier hear­ing from the res­i­dents.

Chair­man Pe­seta Sam Lo­tuIiga says the de­ci­sion can’t be made pub­lic, and he can’t com­ment on the de­vel­op­ment.

But res­i­dents were told the com­mit­tee agreed to more talks with de­vel­op­ers in the hope of gain­ing more con­ces­sions.

The ap­peal sub­com­mit­tee was to con­sider the mat­ter in se­cret again yes­ter­day.

The Logan Trust could not be reached for com­ment.

The re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion is no longer avail­able on pub­lic file and coun­cil staff would not sup­ply a copy of the pro­posal.


Su­per­sized: Neigh­bours of the Logan Park de­vel­op­ment say the com­plex will be too big for the neigh­bour­hood. From left: Ta­nia Morgan with De­clan, 3, and Maria De Jong.

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