Ladies Mile project - ‘pie in the sky’

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

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.

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