The Queenstown Lakes District Council plans to buy an
extra 1.4ha of land for its proposed $16.7 million sports
facility in Wanaka.
Council chief executive Adam Feeley said the project's
original land allocation at Three Parks, on the outskirts of
Wanaka, was 5.5ha, most of which was a reserves contribution
from the subdivision's developer, Willowridge Developments
The council was to buy the balance of the original site.
However, after changes to the facility's layout were
recommended in a peer review earlier this year, the new
building shape would require a revised agreement to buy a
larger piece of land, Mr Feeley said.
''We believe that to ensure the right functional layout, a
new configuration of approximately 6.9ha. is required.
''This does not involve any additional functionality as such,
but rather it [facility] configured differently to provide
more options for use of the outdoor spaces, better connection
between the buildings and the outdoor spaces, easier road and
parking access, greater ability to stage the development and
logical options for extensions should they be required in the
Mr Feeley would not disclose the cost of the land for the
sports facility project, as agreements were yet to be
An agreement signed in March last year with Willowridge -
which owns most of the land required for the facility - gave
the council title and access to the land within a four-year
However, the agreement ''lacked detail'' in that no
''specific milestone dates'' were included, Mr Feeley said.
''We're spending public money, so we need certainty around
''It's not enough to say there will be a Wanaka sports
facility in 2016, we need to say the design stage will be
completed by such and such a date, we will have road access
and title to that land [by a specific date].''
The sports facility's intended opening date was by the end of
the first-quarter of 2016.
During recent commercial discussions, Willowridge director
Allan Dippie seemed ''reasonably comfortable'' the milestones
the council had proposed were achievable, Mr Feeley said.
Mr Dippie confirmed to the Otago Daily Times he was ''very
much on the same page'' as the council with regards to the
timeline of the sports facility project, although it was
possible construction and the provision of services to the
site might have to take place concurrently.
''In this case, working together with council, we can
probably speed the process up,'' Mr Dippie said.
A large amount of the bulk earthworks to build the road to
the sports facility had already been completed.
Mr Feeley considered the $16.7 million tagged in the
council's long term plan for the sports facility ''on the
generous side'', and the goal would be to reduce that cost.
''Once we have the commercial aspects - location and terms
and everything else - nailed down, we will be looking to come
up with a concept design and that will be the first
opportunity where we get a fairly firm [cost] number.''
While there was no intention to downgrade the quality of the
facility to cut costs, the council wanted to make sure it was
designed in the most cost-efficient manner.