New sec­tions likely in Alex

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

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.

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