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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.