Lakeside building gets nod
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.