While the door may have shut on the Arrow South
development as originally proposed, an Environment Court
decision says some subdivision or development on the 30ha area
''might be desirable''.
Arrow South promoter Roger Monk appealed the Queenstown Lakes
District Council's plan change 29 - Arrowtown urban growth
boundary, to the Environment Court in January last year.
Plan change 29 sought to establish a boundary around
Arrowtown which would prevent any further urban development
outside the town's ''natural'' boundary.
Private plan change 39 - Arrow South, promoted by Mr Monk and
seven other families, sought to establish up to 215
residential homes and associated amenities including a
child-care facility and cafe and 12ha open space.
However, the land - bounded by Centennial Ave, the Arrowtown
Golf Course and The Hills golf course in McDonnell Rd - fell
outside the council's proposed urban boundary.
After being declined consent by independent commissioners,
PC39 was also appealed to the Environment Court.
In his decision on the boundary issue, Judge Jon Jackson said
after weighing all relevant matters, ''including the
undoubted positive effects of the appellant's proposal'', the
court concluded neither option was ''preferable, but
something in-between, although closer to the council's
''Overall, we find that the PC29 urban boundary better
represents sustainable development than that proposed by the
appellant, with one relatively small exception at the
northwestern end of Arrow South, being an extension of the
McDonnell Rd urban area.''
That area would allow about 12 additional sections to be
developed, provided some conditions were met, including
fencing of a waterway and tree planting to ''soften the
domestication of the landscape''.
Judge Jackson said a ''soft edge'' to the southern boundary
of Arrowtown ''does not have to be within the urban
''Indeed, given the rather wide landscape provisions and high
densities of the residential zones it seems preferable to us
that most of the land inside Arrow South be outside the urban
Judge Jackson said due to ''non compliance with pre-hearing
order(s)'' costs issues were likely to be ''complex'' and
gave an extended time for the making of any application and
When contacted by the Otago Daily Times, council policy and
planning general manager Phil Pannett said the rural general
zone, where the Arrow South land was, provided for ''some
The Arrow South proponents could lodge consent for a
scaled-back development, if desired.
With regard to the extended urban boundary, Mr Pannett said
the council would need to ''sit down and talk with the
landowner'' to see what kind of development could take place.
Initial thoughts were for either 12 smaller-sized lots or six
larger ones to be created.
''The council's decision was to keep the boundary basically
where the current zones are.
''In that sense, the Environment Court decision confirms
''If you look at a numbers game, a large number of Arrowtown
residents would be happy [with the decision].''
Mr Pannett said Judge Jackson's decision confirmed the
council did not have to ''provide [for] growth in every
little part of the district''.
''If Arrowtown's full, you look for new areas, like Shotover
Country, which provides for over 1000 houses.
''The one satisfying thing from that is that the council is
able to demonstrate it is providing for that growth - they're
not closing the gate everywhere.
''They're ensuring that supply is there in different parts of
Mr Monk could not be contacted for comment.