Wanaka re­zon­ing hear­ing pro­gress­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

A pri­vate plan change hear­ing got un­der way in Wanaka on Mon­day which could see 1600 res­i­den­tial units built in a pocket of un­de­vel­oped land in the town. Plan Change 45 would al­low re­zon­ing 219 hectares of ru­ral gen­eral and ru­ral res­i­den­tial land to a spe­cial zone for medium and low-den­sity res­i­den­tial hous­ing as well as large res­i­den­tial lots and a com­mer­cial neigh­bour­hood. The pro­posed North­lake de­vel­op­ment in­cludes land north of Aubrey Rd, to­wards the Clutha River, with Out­let Rd run­ning through the site. A to­tal of 125 pub­lic sub­mis­sions on the plan were re­ceived by the Queen­stown Dis­trict Lakes Coun­cil when sub­mis­sions closed in Septem­ber, the ‘‘ma­jor­ity in op­po­si­tion’’. On Mon­day plan­ning lawyer War­wick Gold­smith, act­ing on be­half of ap­pli­cant Michaela Ward Mee­han, said ‘‘the area pro­posed to be re­zoned is per­fectly lo­cated to cater for an­tic­i­pated fu­ture growth within Wanaka. ‘‘Re­zon­ing will nat­u­rally lead to change. That is not nec­es­sar­ily ad­verse,’’ Mr Gold­smith said. How­ever, a coun­cil re­port rec­om­mended lim­it­ing the num­ber of res­i­den­tial units in the pro­posed area to 710. Mr Gold­smith said that de­ci­sion was ‘‘clearly an in­ef­fi­cient use of this land re­source’’. Mee­han, who owns the ma­jor­ity of land sub­ject to the plan change, was work­ing with three other landown­ers to­wards the re­zon­ing. Dur­ing the hear­ing con­cerns were raised about a small com­mer­cial area at North­lake un­der­min­ing other planned com­mer­cial ar­eas in the town, in­clud­ing the Three Parks com­mer­cial cen­tre. Mr Gold­smith said ‘‘this is­sues arises in re­la­tion to the sub­mis­sions lodged by Cen­tral Land Hold­ings Ltd, John May, and Paul Croft and Pa­trick Waser (Croft and Waser)’’. Al­lan Dip­pie, who was the di­rec­tor and share­holder of CLHL was also the di­rec­tor of Wil­lowridge In­vest­ments, the prop­erty de­vel­oper be­hind Three Parks, Mr Gold­smith said. In part of the sub­mis­sion it was said ‘‘CLHL is con­cerned that the North­lake plan change may fa­cil­i­tate a new com­mer­cial area and un­der­mine the other com­mer­cial ar­eas in the town’’. Mr Gold­smith said that ‘‘no weight can or should be placed on this sub­mis­sion’’. The hear­ing was ex­pected to run for six work­ing days, in­clud­ing three days of sub­mis­sions, fin­ish­ing to­day, from the ap­pli­cant.

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