Lakeside build­ing gets nod

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

The sec­ond hur­dle in ob­tain­ing a lakeside wa­ter sports fa­cil­ity for Wanaka has been cleared.

The Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board has ap­proved a ground lease for the con­tro­ver­sial $1 mil­lion wa­ter sports fa­cil­ity pro­posed for the south-west cor­ner of Roys Bay.

The 800 square me­tre ground lease is con­di­tional on the Wa­ter Wa­ter­sports Fa­cil­ity Trust ob­tain­ing re­source con­sent for the build­ing, which has been de­signed to house row­ing skiffs, kayaks and train­ing equip­ment and pro­vide chang­ing rooms and toi­lets.

The first hur­dle was cleared in Oc­to­ber last year, when the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil ap­proved a new Wanaka Lake­front Re­serves Man­age­ment Plan that al­lowed an ad­di­tional build­ing site on the lake­front.

The next step is the re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion, which is likely to be made within two weeks.

The con­sis­tent op­po­si­tion to the Wanaka Row­ing Club’s long-held dream of a lakeside boat­shed ap­pears set to con­tinue.

Wanaka res­i­dent John Coe said dur­ing the board’s public fo­rum last Wed­nes­day, he re­mained op­posed to the site.

He felt that grant­ing a ground lease was ‘‘pre-judg­ing the re­source con­sent’’.

Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board chair­woman Rachel Brown said the con­di­tional ground lease did not sig­nal re­source con­sent would be granted.

Board mem­bers asked prop­erty con­sul­tant Jo Con­roy of APL so many ques­tions about the de­sign that they even­tu­ally agreed to sus­pend stand­ing or­ders so the trust’s ar­chi­tect, Alis­tair Madill, could ex­plain.

Con­cerns in­cluded the lack of ex­ter­nal chang­ing ar­eas and why board­walks were needed along the front.

Madill said he would ask the trust if it wanted to re­design the ex­ter­nally­ac­cessed public toi­lets to pro­vide more room to get changed.

With­out the board­walks, there would have to be a 1-me­tre safety bar­rier in front of the build­ing and ath­letes would not be able to get their kayaks out. The board­walks would not ex­tend into the beach and would not dis­rupt ac­cess, Madill said.

Coun­cil­lor Lyal Cocks asked what would hap­pen if a sep­a­rate con­sent was not ob­tained for a Stoney Creek flood preven­tion bund. Should the ground lease be con­di­tional on it?

Con­roy said the bund ap­pli­ca­tion might take three to four months to get sorted. She as­sumed if it was not ap­proved the trust would have to de­cide whether to take the risk and carry on build­ing with­out it.

Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager of plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment Marc Brether­ton said a re­source con­sent could be granted within six months, ‘‘depend­ing on com­plex­ity and chal­lenges’’.

The pro­posed Wanaka wa­ter sports build­ing.

Wanaka ar­chi­tect Alis­tair Madill.

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