Former Ministry of Education land near Wanaka's town
centre will soon be available for residential use, its
Universal Developments Ltd has lodged an application with the
Queenstown Lakes District Council to subdivide its 1.62ha
Tenby St site - previously occupied by the Wanaka Primary
School - into 16 residential lots.
Lane Hocking, who lives in the Cardrona Valley and owns the
Wanaka and Central Otago franchise for David Reid Homes, is
the sole director and shareholder of the company.
Mr Hocking told the Otago Daily Times the company expected
sites to be on the market within the next few months,
probably by tender, and development would begin ''pretty much
immediately'' after consent was granted.
''It will be all guns blazing soon enough. We're just
fine-tuning the architectural designs and then we'll start
our marketing campaign in full,'' Mr Hocking said.
The development had already attracted ''overwhelming
demand'', particularly from ''older, wealthy people who are
looking to downsize their property''.
The school buildings have been demolished and the school
infrastructure removed from the low-density residential-zoned
site, which is surrounded by Warren, Dungarvon, Tenby and
Youghal Sts, just a few blocks back from the lakefront.
Universal Developments general manager Dan Curley said the
zoning of the land permitted the establishment of 36 houses,
at a density of one house per 450sq m.
''Our proposal will result in 16 lots now, which include 15
residential lots and one balance lot. The 15 lots include two
subdividable lots (each over 900sq m), that will in future
accommodate two freehold homes by way of future
subdivision,'' Mr Curley said.
''The balance lot is to be developed into house and land
packages, with land size being dictated by buyer demand.''
The overall development, known as Dungarvon Wanaka, was
expected to accommodate between 25 and 27 freehold
While the proposal complies with the minimum density for the
zone, the subdivision consent is non-compliant in terms of
the zone's minimum net lot area of 700sq m, as some of the
proposed lots are between 600sq m and 615sq m.
Construction will be sub-contracted to David Reid Homes
Wanaka and Central Otago, while Koia Architecture and Chris
Norman Architecture have been engaged to create concept
designs specifically tailored to site configuration within
''Clients will not be limited to concept designs, being able
to design and build exactly what they desire, subject to
maintaining development standards,'' Mr Curley said.
Buyers will have a fixed term to start their build.