Ladies Mile project - ‘pie in the sky’
Plans to ‘‘thoughtlessly carve up’’ rural land on the outskirts of Queenstown for a large-scale urban development should not be fast-tracked, opponents say.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council held a public forum on Friday to discuss plans for 136 hectares of rural land on Ladies Mile.
Ladies Mile Pet Lodge owner Keri Lemaire-Sicre said she was ‘‘absolutely opposed’’ to the ‘‘pie in the sky’’ proposal.
‘‘In order for it to work it requires full co-operation of all landowners and we are not prepared to give up our historical right to operate our business on Ladies Mile to accommodate this proposal...We believe it is a sad attempt to meet the Government’s mandate to provide affordable housing. There is no affordability in housing in a tourist resort such as Queenstown.
The council should complete its district plan before carving up land thoughtlessly using a process that did not give the community a fair say, she said.
Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association chairman Clark Pirie said the proposal should form part of the district plan review.
‘‘It is very important the community be involved. We are not talking about a small area that is going to be labelled as a special housing area. We are talking about 300 acres here.’’
Queenstown’s Ladies Mile.