Judge Laurie Newhook asked Foodstuffs yesterday whether the
proposed Queenstown Pak'n Save supermarket would consider
toning down the yellow colour of the supermarket's signs
while trees grew to an efficient screening height, "given
that there is some controversy about the use of bright
General manager for Foodstuffs Roger Davidson replied it
would be something his company would consider "for an interim
The question was asked during an Environment Court hearing in
which Foodstuffs' counsel Jen Crawford said the supermarket
would provide "affordable groceries to an area that is
renowned for its lack of affordable living", as well as
significant employment and investment.
The submission was heard as part of a direct referral from
Mitre 10 Mega, which proposes to operate beside the Pak'n
Save site, to the Environment Court for resource consent - a
first for Queenstown.
Ms Crawford told the court the pending decision on the
re-zoning of Frankton Flats, known as Plan Change 19, should
not affect the Pak'n Save outcome.
In her submission she acknowledged the Queenstown Lakes
District Council and Queenstown Central Ltd both expressed
concerns the case would "undermine the integrity of the plan
and/or pre-empt the outcome".
She said, however, "given the benefit to the community from
this proposal, the question that must be asked is whether it
is appropriate to make Foodstuffs wait if the grant of
consent is otherwise warranted".
The resource consent application for the $30 million
supermarket was turned down last October by the council "on
the basis of a broad concern that this might undermine the
future planning framework for the area".
The applicants vowed to appeal to the Environment Court.
Ms Crawford said the proposed site was zoned rural general
but "you can be confident that an urban zone will emerge
through the PC19 process".
The appellant, Queenstown Central Ltd, was a trade
competitor, in which case they "have no place" in Resource
Management Act processes unless "they can unequivocally
demonstrate direct environmental effects".
The hearing continues today and is expected to continue for