Con­sent bid for rental busi­ness

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - TOM KITCHIN

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.

tom.kitchin@odt.co.nz

PHOTO: TOM KITCHIN

Per­mis­sion needed . . . Reg An­der­son, the owner of a car­a­van park be­tween Alexan­dra and Clyde, needs con­sent to rent and sell ve­hi­cles from the site.

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