‘In­ten­si­fi­ca­tion’ in Frank­ton means more is­sues for Queen­stown Air­port, plan­ner tells hear­ing heav­ies

Central Otago Mirror - - PIONEER ENERGY - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

The is­sue of more and more peo­ple moving in to Queen­stown Air­port’s boundary has been dis­cussed at a district plan re­view hear­ing in the re­sort.

Queen­stown Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion sub­mit­ted against an amend­ment to a plan change pro­posal which could see some legally build­able res­i­den­tial lot sizes drop from 450 square me­tres to 300sqm. It would mean that the Kiwi dream, quar­ter acre sec­tion, would then be able to be sub­di­vided into three sep­a­rate lots mean­ing three sep­a­rate dwellings.

The air­port ob­jects to this in parts of Frank­ton.

Lawyer Re­becca Wolt spoke to the submission last week say­ing Queen­stown Air­port had tried to take a ‘‘mea­sured ap­proach’’ to res­i­den­tial ar­eas within the air­port zone and bal­ance all the is­sues that went with houses in­side the outer con­trol boundary.

Those is­sues in­cluded lim­it­ing the abil­ity of the air­port to con­tinue busi­ness as it had been, if more peo­ple lived within the boundary.

‘‘QAC isn’t ask­ing to change the sta­tus quo,’’ Wolt said. ‘‘QAC is en­deav­our­ing to bal­ance all of these is­sues.’’

Plan­ner John Kyle said the num­ber of flights in and out of Queen­stown was set to dou­ble to about 21,000 by 2037 and was con­cerned that more peo­ple would lead to more com­plaints re­gard to noise.

‘‘Some­body needs to take a de­cent look at in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion in the Wakatipu.

‘‘Whether we like it or not, the QAC and the air­port here is in a po­si­tion where some com­pro­mise is needed,’’ Kyle said.

If sec­tion size al­lo­ca­tions were made smaller, more homes meant more peo­ple and more com­plaints.

Kyle was fine with a ‘‘mod­est in­crease in the cur­rent regime’’.

Last year Queen­stown Air­port had 6403 flights, both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional, land. That was an 11 per cent in­crease on 2014. Pas­sen­ger num­bers, both in­bound and out­bound to­talled 1,509,408 last year.

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More peo­ple in Frank­ton has Queen­stown Air­port con­cerned.

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