A private plan change to provide visitor accommodation next
to Puzzling World at Wanaka will be publicly notified by the
Queenstown Lakes District Council, despite a councillor
abstaining from voting for the recommendation.
Marie Eleanor Skeggs lodged what has become named private
plan change 47: Alpha Views to enable visitor accommodation
by way of a subzone at 190192 Wanaka Luggate Highway.
There are two dwellings and a nine-hole private golf course
on the 7.3ha site, which is zoned rural general and accessed
from the Wanaka-Luggate Highway.
Senior policy planner Tim Williams said in his report to the
council's strategy committee this week there were no grounds
for rejecting the request, or stating it should be
However, Cr Simon Stamers-Smith referred to the district
plan and was concerned that permitting the subzone would set
a precedent. He suggested Ms Skeggs apply for resource
consent, as the proposed plan change would undermine the
integrity of the rural zone if it was approved.
Mr Williams told the committee the recommendation tabled was
not to assess the merits of the proposal.
Cr Cath Gilmour said the council would be able to submit its
comments on the proposal.
Chairman Leigh Overton said approving the recommendation to
progress the plan change to public notification was ‘‘a
gateway to the process'' and it was not the first subzone.
Cr Stamers-Smith said: ‘‘There must be a simpler way of
Cr Overton said: ‘‘Our acceptance is no indication of which
way we stand.''
All committee members voted in favour of the recommendation,
but Cr Stamers-Smith abstained.
Mr Williams reported the plan change could be notified by
mid-September. A hearing could be held late this year,
depending on the number and nature of submissions.