Two weeks have been set aside next month to hear submissions
on one of the largest private plan changes in Wanaka.
If approved, Plan Change 45 Northlake Special Zone would
allow for the development of up to 1600 residential lots on
222ha of land on the north side of Aubrey Rd, towards the
The applicant for the proposal - which involves several
landowners - is Sydney-based Michaela Ward Meehan, who owns
the majority of the land subject to the plan change.
The proposal attracted 125 submissions, most in opposition.
Queenstown Lakes District Council district plan administrator
Ruth Joiner said while 10 working days had been set aside for
the hearing, it was unlikely all that time would be required.
However, given the ''relatively high'' number of submissions,
it was important to allow enough time for those people to
speak at the hearing, if they wished.
Submitters had until today to advise if they wanted to speak.
So far, just four people had indicated they would.
Private plan changes also typically required the applicant to
present a large amount of evidence at the beginning of a
hearing ''to go through that justification'', unlike a
council-initiated plan change, Ms Joiner said.
The plan change area is zoned partly rural general and partly
Under the plan change it would become a special zone that
would enable a range of residential lot sizes and housing
choice, from medium to low density and larger residential
lots, plus a neighbourhood commercial component.
The request provides for an average housing density of seven
dwellings per hectare. About 1600 residential lots is the
maximum development possible for the zone.