The rezoning of the Jacks Point residential block could mean
more than 2400 homes built in the area if one Australian
company's proposal is approved today.
The southern half of the Jacks Point site comprising 520ha
has been bought by the Australian-owned RCL Queenstown Pty
Ltd. The company is now seeking to rezone for residential
development on the site, located between Kelvin Heights and
the Devils Staircase.
The land was zoned 10 years ago as part of the Jacks Point
resort, and while a development plan was approved in 2009, no
development has since occurred.
Today, at the Queenstown Lakes District Council strategy
meeting, councillors will be asked to approve a private plan
change to rezone the area again to the new special zone,
Plan change 44 requests that the council enables a
''significantly denser residential development'', meaning
bumping the maximum of 1364 residential homes to 2426.
RCL proposes that urban activity areas ''absorb development''
beyond the ''open space'' or ''golf'' activity of Jacks
''The proposal is considered to enable beneficial economic
effects ... desirable outcomes will be achieved and promoting
a wider range of housing choice.
''The plan change request is considered to result in minor
effects on the landscape when viewed from public places,
private residences and places frequented by the public.''
The company also wishes to remove the mandatory requirement
for commercial activity within the village area and instead
enable commercial and other non-residential activities to
A new entrance to Henley Downs would come from Woolshed Rd
off State Highway 6 and connect also to Jacks Point if the
plan change is approved.
RCL seeks to reduce overall compliance costs for those
building within the zone by replacing a rule that requires
every dwelling to obtain a controlled resource consent with
design-based standards and instead increase design control
over multi-unit developments in order to achieve a ''higher
level of amenity and quality''.
Council policy and planning general manager Philip Pannett
has recommended the council's strategy committee accept the
The private plan change request outlined as on March 1 states
the site will have community benefits, open space and