Submissions on rezoning
The Education Ministry and other parties have submitted more information on a private bid to build a 1600-home subdivision in Wanaka. Australia-based landowner Michaela Meehan and three other parties applied to the Queenstown Lakes District Council earlier this year with a private plan change for the Northlake zone. The group want to rezone 222 hectares of land between Aubrey Rd and the Clutha River outlet from rural general and rural residential to allow low to medium-density housing in a Northlake special zone. A Northlake subdivision has already been consented and sections sold but the proposed special zone envisions a larger adjoining development. Ms Meehan, in response to original submissions, supported moves to cater for public transport and stormwater requirements but opposed any rules relating to rabbit control. She also supported submissions calling for a limit on commercial activities but opposed calls for no commercial development within the zone. Her submission also supported Ministry of Education objectives to provide for educational needs while the ministry supported the provision of transport routes to and from schools. Other submissions called for the plan change to include providing a new school while three Aubrey Rd residents opposed the entire plan, saying the proposal sought to increase development density. Further submissions were called after the first round, in which 124 parties lodged views with the council including more than 85 parties opposed. A planning report is the next step then a hearing in the first quarter of next year.
Sweet sounds: Wanaka Primary School principal Wendy Bamford, Wanaka Musicians’ Society chairman Jamie Robertson and Tarras Primary School principal Noelene Pullar in Wanaka last week to hand over and receive profits from last year’s Stars in Your Eyes show.