New sections likely in Alex
Plans to subdivide several parcels of land for residential development in Alexandra have been revealed in a resource consent planning report.
A proposal to develop a 16-hectare parcel of rural land on Dunstan Road into 17 lifestyle blocks will be presented to commissioners at a hearing on December 6 and 7.
Central Otago District Council planning consultant David Whitney is recommending the commissioners refuse consent for the development on the basis it undermines the integrity of the district plan, will be precedentsetting if granted, and the adverse effects on the environment will be significant.
The applicant, Molyneux Lifestyle Village Limited, wants to develop a ‘‘cluster’’ of lifestyle blocks to ‘‘alleviate the immediate shortage of sections in Alexandra at a location close to town while still maintaining the ruralresidential nature of the neighbourhood’’, Whitney’s report says.
‘‘The applicant asserts what suitable residential zoned land remains in Alexandra is locked up in Crown ownership and could take years develop.’’
However, Whitney says the council has a 6.5ha parcel of freehold land in the Residential Resource Area to the north of Molyneux Park netball court and west of the Otago Central Rail Trail it intends to develop into 55 to 63 residential sections.
The sections potentially could be available for purchase in early 2018, he says.
Another area of freehold land in the Residential Resource Area further to the north contains about 4ha and is owned by the council.
In addition, a further 13ha of land north west of the pylon corridor and the existing Molyneux Estate subdivision which the council was transferring to the Crown for release, is likely to be released on the open market and could be used for a retirement village or conventional residential subdivision, he says.
The proposal also raised ‘‘fundamental issues’’ with respect to the integrity of the district plan, Whitney says.
The appropriate process should be to seek approval through a district plan change application, not the resource consent process.