‘Intensification’ in Frankton means more issues for Queenstown Airport, planner tells hearing heavies
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.
More people in Frankton has Queenstown Airport concerned.