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com­mu­nity, and en­sures that pro­lif­er­a­tion is pre­vented on the lake­front in the fu­ture’’.

She notes the coun­cil would have to main­tain ex­ter­nal toi­lets at­tached to the build­ing, which will have an im­pact on main­te­nance ser­vice lev­els and bud­get. This cost would need to be con­sid­ered, she said.

Dis­ad­van­tages were that the lease re­stricted any other ac­tiv­i­ties that might be pro­posed at the site and added another build­ing to the lake front, Con­roy said.

Pro­lif­er­a­tion of build­ings on the lake front has been a key con­cern through­out the var­i­ous stages of plan­ning.

The de­vel­op­ment was first mooted sev­eral years ago by the Wanaka Row­ing Club and is sup­ported by sev­eral other wa­ter sports clubs. In De­cem­ber, a coun­cil panel de­cided the lake front recre­ation re­serve could sup­port a build­ing near Stoney Creek.

Wanaka Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion spokes­woman Sally Batt­son said the as­so­ci­a­tion op­posed the Roys Bay lo­ca­tion and still didn’t think it was the right place for a build­ing.

But now the de­ci­sion had been made, the as­so­ci­a­tion would want to see the coun­cil ‘‘get on with it’’ rather than de­lay and have costs es­ca­late.

The ground lease was just the first step in a much big­ger re­source con­sent process. The as­so­ci­a­tion wanted to see a busi­ness plan show­ing how the build­ing would be op­er­ated and also wanted to know more about how the trust was go­ing to pay for the build­ing, Batt­son said.

Trust chair­man Michael Sidey could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

Jo Con­roy

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