Two separate plan changes - relating respectively to a $300
million development in Queenstown and affordable and
community housing in the Lakes district - are likely to be
made operative after the Queenstown Lakes District Council's
full meeting in Queenstown next week.
The recommendation by senior policy analyst Tim Williams is
for the council to approve and make operative plan change 41
(Shotover Country special zone) and plan change 24
(affordable and community housing), from August 30.
In his report Mr Williams said the council had partially made
operative the Shotover Country special zone, which is near
Ladies Mile (State Highway 6), in November 2012. However, an
appeal by Ladies Mile Partnership, relating to an extension
of the zone, remained outstanding.
Plan change 41 sought for the rezoning of about 120ha of land
west of Lake Hayes Estate zoned rural general, to create a
special zone enabling residential, education and community
activities as part of the $300 million Shotover Country
Queenstown Airport Corporation and Arith Holdings Ltd
appealed the plan change in its entirety, focusing on
potential reverse sensitivity effects for the airport.
Both appeals were withdrawn in May last year.
Two appeals were also received from the promoters of the plan
change, Ladies Mile Partnership - one seeking amendments to
provisions in the council's decision and the other relating
to an extension of the zone.
The area subject to that appeal was identified as having
''potential flood risk in a 100-year flood event'' and it
also had ''potential natural hazard risk associated with a
landslide upstream on the Shotover''.
''A landslide could dam the river and lead to debris and high
levels of water flowing downstream to the site once that dam
bursts,'' Mr Williams said.
The Otago Regional Council and the appellant had reached a
proposed settlement, where the ground level would be raised
through earthworks to a level similar to the land already
zoned for development, along with battening works, he said.
Environmental and engineering consultants Tonkin and Taylor
had examined the proposal and had confirmed the proposed
level of works was sufficient and the appeal could be
Meanwhile, five appeals relating to plan change 24 had been
on hold after a preliminary decision issued by the
Environment Court in 2010, as appeals were made to the High
Court and beyond, Mr Williams said.
The purpose of the plan change was to introduce affordable
housing policies into the district plan, so affordable
housing could become a relevant matter when plan changes or
variations were proposed and when resource consent
applications were considered, and, where appropriate, make
the delivery of affordable housing a requirement.
Appeals were lodged by Five Mile Holdings, Infinity
Investment Group Holdings Ltd, Willowridge Developments Ltd
and Orchard Road Holdings Ltd, Queenstown Airport, and
Mr Williams said all parties had agreed on the final form of
the plan change.
In both cases, appeals had been resolved without the need for
Environment Court hearings and consent orders had been
received, meaning the plan changes could be made operative.