The proposed Shotover Country development has the potential
to help create and retain affordable housing in the Wakatipu,
the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust says.
Plan Change 41 - a proposal for a $300 million-plus 750-house
development between the Shotover River and the Lake Hayes
Estate near Queenstown - last week cleared a major consent
hurdle when commissioners recommended it be adopted by the
Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Today it will go before the council strategy committee, which
is being asked to consider the proposal with several
amendments. One would be a provision restricting any
residential activity within the development until the trust
got 26 residential sites covering a total of at least 9100sq
Chairman David Cole said the trust had been working with the
developers for 18 months towards such an end - signing a
"heads of agreement" to ensure affordable housing would be
included if it went ahead.
He said the recommendation was a positive sign, considering
the possibilities Shotover Country presented to provide
affordable housing for the district.
"At Lake Hayes Estate, there were cheap sections for the
lucky first buyers, but to buy a house down there now is
about half a million dollars," he said.
By working with the developers in the early stages, there are
some very good positives for us ... as the development
One of the most comprehensive submissions against the plan
change during the hearing process in March came from the New
Zealand Transport Agency. The agency is concerned about the
impact increased vehicle movements from the development would
have on the safety and efficiency of State Highway 6.