Slow progress on the proposed $10 million Frankton marina
since a preferred developer was appointed nearly a year ago
could be turned around now a design report has been prepared.
Today, at a full Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting,
councillors will discuss a report prepared by the council's
infrastructure and assets general manager, Erik Barnes, which
says resource consent for the project is anticipated to be
lodged within the next four to six weeks by preferred
developer Lakes Marina Projects Ltd.
''Progress has been slow over the past year in regards to
LMPL's provision of design information, updated supporting
information, and a programme for the development'' and to
date the development agreement has not been signed, Mr Barnes
said in his report.
''A key missing component for the agreement to progress was
the development programme.''
Mr Barnes added the council and Lakes Marina Projects had
been working together to ''gain the necessary supporting
information and confidence to finalise the development
The Otago Daily Times last year reported the proposed
marina would include 100 berths in stage one and another 100
in stage two, as well as various facilities.
Today the council will also decide whether to defer choosing
a new councillor to chair the Frankton marina working party
and councillors to be part of the group's membership until
after the local government elections. Working party chairman
John Mann is not seeking re-election.
Lakes Marina Projects was specifically formed to undertake
the building of the marina. The group's founding shareholders
are Nasser Barabi, Iraj Barabi and Alan Kirker.
It was reported last year the Barabis owned and managed a
technology company in the San Francisco Bay area and owned
and managed residential and commercial real estate holdings
in the United States, Auckland and Queenstown, while Mr
Kirker is a Queenstown businessman with an interest and
experience in marine businesses.
The council wants to facilitate a marina but not develop it
and has twice sought expressions of interest from developers.
The council officially designated Lakes Marina Projects Ltd
as the preferred developer in December.