A Proposal to provide 2400 homes in an area larger than
central Queenstown will be opened to public consultation after
a Queenstown Lakes District Council subcommittee unanimously
accepted the private plan change request yesterday.
RCL Queenstown Pty Ltd asked the council for a private plan
change to rezone about 520ha of land within the Jacks Point
Resort zone into a new special zone called Henley Downs.
Consultant planner Vicki Jones told strategy committee
members the rezoning would enable an increase in residential
development from 1300 residences up to 2400.
Ms Jones' presentation about Henley Downs said most of the
520ha would be retained as open space, described as the
''agricultural, conservation and recreation area''.
The zone was separated from the Lake Wakatipu waterfront by
lakeshore landscape protection area. The restoration of
wetlands within the zone would be encouraged.
Some urban activity areas were more sensitive than others and
required building platforms.
The urban development areas was divided into 11 building
blocks near State Highway 6.
The existing Woolshed Rd was proposed to be the driveway
spine of both Henley Downs and Jacks Point and it was an
issue for the New Zealand Transport Agency and the council to
decide its form, committee members heard.
Ms Jones said the preference was to keep commercial activity
centred around the existing Jacks Point Clubhouse.
Committee chairman Leigh Overton asked what the timetable was
for ''private plan change 44: Henley Downs''.
Ms Jones said the proposal could be publicly notified as soon
as possible and the results back to the council by late July
or early August. It was then a matter of how long it took
commissioners to reach their decision.
Council policy and planning general manager Philip Pannett
said the duration would also depend on the submissions
Ms Jones said the council could make a decision before its
district plan was due to be notified, in October this year.
The tabled recommendation to accept private plan change 44:
Henley Downs and proceed it to notification was carried.
Henley Downs was rezoned from rural general to Jacks Point
Resort zone in 2003. Although an outline development plan was
approved in January 2009, enabling 460 lots, development did
Kawarau Falls Bridge commissioners Denis Nugent and Jane
Taylor said in their report released earlier this month,
about the importance of the construction of a replacement
structure, that 3400 dwellings would be constructed south of
the bridge by 2026.