North­lake ap­peal un­af­ford­able

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The Up­per Clutha En­vi­ron­men­tal So­ci­ety will not make an ap­peal to the En­vi­ron­ment Court on Plan Change 45, which will al­low 1400 house to be built at the North­lake devel­op­ment, be­cause it can’t af­ford to.

‘‘We are not ap­peal­ing it be­cause we have not got the re­sources,’’ so­ci­ety pres­i­dent Ju­lian Ha­worth said.

‘‘If some­one sent the so­ci­ety a cheque for $100,000, we would ap­peal,’’ Ha­worth said.

The Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil ap­proved the plan change to al­low landown­ers Chris and Michaela Mee­han to build the largest sin­gle res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment in Wanaka.

The coun­cil adopted a rec­om­men­da­tion by com­mis­sion­ers to re­zone ru­ral and ru­ral res­i­den­tial land to res­i­den­tial for the sub­di­vi­sion, a 219-hectare tract to the north of Aubrey Rd near Out­let Rd.

Ha­worth said the so­ci­ety, which had ob­jec­tives in­clud­ing pre­serv­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues, was not against the devel­op­ment and agreed with a plan­ning ex­pert re­port by coun­cil con­sul­tant planner Vicki Jones which rec­om­mended it al­low for 710 houses to be built, not 1400.

Com­mis­sion­ers who granted the re­source con­sent ‘‘com­pletely ig­nored’’ the re­port, Ha­worth said.

‘‘The way to ap­peal would be on the ba­sis of that ex­pert re­port . . . We think the ef­fect on land­scape val­ues would be less,’’ he said.

Ob­jec­tors to the devel­op­ment, mostly ad­join­ing landown­ers and res­i­dents, raised con­cerns that Wanaka did not have the in­fra­struc­ture for such a large zone, noise and traf­fic.

The so­ci­ety would sup­port other groups if they ap­pealed.

So far no ap­peals had been re­ceived by the court.

Sub­mit­ters can ap­peal within 30 work­ing days of be­ing served with the July 25 de­ci­sion no­tice.

Not happy: Up­per Clutha En­vi­ron­men­tal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Ju­lian Ha­worth.

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