Plan changes in force soon

Two long-running Queenstown Lakes plan changes will become operative or partially operative from November 15.

Plan change 41: Shotover Country special zone, which was publicly notified in 2010, will become partially operative, because of an appeal seeking to extend the area of land covered.

Queenstown Lakes District Council senior policy analyst Jonathan Richards said the land could be considered "effectively zoned". However, because the boundaries could not be defined, the "technical term" of partially zoned still applied.

Mr Richards presented a report to the council earlier this week asking for the council to approve and make operative plan change 41, which they granted.

The appeal still in progress is from the promoters of the proposed plan change, the Ladies Mile Partnership, and seeks to reinstate land removed from the proposed zone in a council decision.

"The commissioners recommended that this land was to be excluded from the proposed special zone on the grounds of flood risk," Mr Richards said in his report.

Plan change 41 rezoned 120ha of rural general zoned land west of Lake Hayes Estate to create a special zone which will allow for residential, education and community activities.

The council also approved plan change 34: Remarkables Park private plan change.

The plan change was first lodged in 2008 but put on hold pending more information and an updated plan change was received in 2010.

The plan change expands the existing Remarkables Park shopping and commercial centre, updates rules and rezones parcels of land.