The Meadow Park zone remains mostly vacant and across the
road from the Millbrook Resort and Butel Park, which is
almost fully developed. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
Building in the Meadow Park area near Arrowtown should
become easier and cheaper after the Queenstown Lakes District
Council strategy committee accepted a report for new provisions
on the town's entrance.
The Meadow Park special zone covers 42.5ha, including
Feehly's Hill just west of Arrowtown and next to both
Millbrook and Butel Park. On Tuesday, the council's senior
policy analyst, Blair Devlin, presented a report which sought
to change building consent provisions on the land for the
district plan, which is due for its 10-year review.
While Butel Park is almost fully developed, the Meadow Park
area has remained largely vacant since it became a ''special
The land is primarily for low residential activity and
adjoins Arrowtown's industrial area.
Tuesday's report sought to change this restriction to
''residential zoning'', which would mean those building for
residential purposes need not apply for resource consents, he
''We want to simplify and streamline the district plan.''
As it stands, a resource consent would cost $1200, so the
change would encourage building for landowners.
''This will save a lot of money for people, and people will
now be able to build quicker, essentially.''
Non-residential building would still need resource consents,
Other changes to the block of land were fewer restrictions on
the design and external appearance of the buildings, and less
control over the removal of exotic weed trees.