Northlake appeal unaffordable
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.