Consent bid for rental business
A MAN who says he did not know he was illegally operating a rental business near Alexandra has applied for resource consent.
Alexandra Mini Buses and Rail Trail Planner owner Reg Anderson moved to a property along State Highway 8 between Clyde and Alexandra about a year ago, after closing his Queenstown rental vehicle business.
Mr Anderson said it was only when he went to an iSite to advertise he realised he needed a ‘‘separate’’ resource consent.
A resource consent in 1999 gave the land’s previous owner, Grant Wiffen, permission to display and sell up to 15 new or secondhand caravans on the site.
A report to the Central Otago District Council as part of the resource consent application by Jenny Grimmett of Down to Earth Planning Ltd said Mr Anderson wanted to operate various commercial activities — displaying and selling or renting campervans, boats and caravans, renting minibuses and cars, selling accessories and equipment for rental vehicles, operating a secondhand shop, offering vehicle storage and displaying smallscale signage.
A hearing to consider Mr Anderson’s application was held in the Alexandra council chambers on Monday, with a panel of three commissioners — chairman Neil Gillespie, Martin McPherson and Terry Emmitt
A report to the panel by council planning consultant Kirstyn Lindsay, of Southern Planning Solutions Ltd, said the effects to the environment would be no more than minor, and recommended the council grant consent, subject to conditions.
The panel reserved its decision.
Permission needed . . . Reg Anderson, the owner of a caravan park between Alexandra and Clyde, needs consent to rent and sell vehicles from the site.