Part of the area affected by Plan Change 45. Photo by Lucy
A majority of submitters have objected to a major plan
change proposed for Wanaka, between Aubrey Rd and the Clutha
River, which would provide up to 1600 new residential lots.
Opponents believe Plan Change 45-Northlake Special Zone, is
contrary to many aspects of the Wanaka Structure Plan (WSP),
the number of lots proposed is unnecessary and excessive, and
the negative environmental impact would be significant.
Of the 123 submissions received on the plan change by the
Queenstown Lakes District Council, at least 85 were opposed
to the development.
The landowners behind the plan change application made up the
majority of the small number of supporters. Most of the
balance of submitters recommended major amendments, including
reducing the density of development.
Many objectors said the plan change should not be permitted
on the basis it was out of character with the existing rural
residential development in the area and was in an
inappropriate location for growth of the Wanaka township.
They referred to the WSP recommendation that development
should be limited in areas of landscape sensitivity and
instead, be encouraged in the most logical, convenient, and
less sensitive areas.
The Three Parks subdivision south of Wanaka was much better
suited to urban development, rather than having to
''disfigure'' a sensitive landscape, submitters said.
Objectors also argued there would be considerable negative
impact on traffic flows, noise, and safety on Aubrey and
Anderson Rds and on visual amenity, particularly from Mt
Keri Addison said the impact on the social infrastructure of
Wanaka was unexplored and the plan change would add more
sections into the marketplace than were needed.
Megan Gaul and Kane Duncan said the proposed average density
of seven dwellings per hectare was based on greed and had no
regard for the environment or character of Wanaka.
Raewyn Calhaem said a lack of employment opportunities in
Wanaka would mean Northlake would likely be occupied by
holiday homes, creating a ghost town for the majority of the
Mary-Louise Schrader said the plan change would desecrate the
beauty of Wanaka and impinge on residents' lifestyles.
Several submitters said the plan change did not follow a
concentric progression of decreasing density away from the
township and ignored the WSP recommendation land within the
Outer Growth Boundary remain rural general, as it was not
needed to meet 20-year growth needs.
In contrast, Kevin King said Northlake was a natural
progression of the residential town boundary and consistent
with the Wanaka 2020 planning which called for development
within the rivers and discouragement of one acre blocks
within these boundaries.
Chris Norman partly supported the plan change but said the
proposed densities needed further consideration, as did the
fairness of the notification process in reaching the wider
The Ministry of Education asked that education facilities be
provided within the zone, while the Queenstown Lakes
Community Housing Trust suggested a contribution of land
and/or housing units to the trust.
The zone would provide for a range of housing choices and
lots sizes, ranging from predominantly low to medium density
residential activities, and larger residential lots on the
southern and northern edges, plus a neighbourhood commercial
The summary of submissions on Plan Change 45 was publicly
notified by the council yesterday and further submissions
close October 9. A hearing will take place in the first
quarter of next year.