Board reviews proposed character guidelines

A draft of the Cardrona Village character guidelines, produced to encourage appropriate development, is being reviewed by the Wanaka Community Board.

Queenstown Lakes District Council urban designer Nick Karlovsky told the board last week the draft document required minor adjustments before being considered for adoption by the QLDC strategy committee in October. The draft guidelines would then go out for public consultation.

The aim of the guidelines was to achieve effective infrastructure that would meet growth needs; urban environments of a high quality and preservation of the district's cultural heritage, Mr Karlovsky's report to the board said.

In 2006, the council undertook an urban design assessment of the township. The review and subsequent community consultation indicated the 2003 Cardrona Community Plan, which had identified strategies for development sought by the local community, did not provide assistance on how contemporary interpretations of historic building forms could be achieved.

The council decided a set of non-statutory character guidelines would complement and help interpret district plan rules and enable the community and developers to "identify design elements that were appropriate for Cardrona and would help reinforce its unique identity", Mr Karlovsky's report said.

If approved by the strategy committee, the draft guidelines will be available on the QLDC website, at council offices and libraries.

lucy.ibbotson@odt.co.nz