Development of small-scale sites on rural general land known
as the Triangle, near Wanaka, will start within the next few
Orchard Road Holdings Ltd recently gained consent to create
19 residential lots on its triangular 84.6ha rural general
site bounded by Cardrona Valley, Riverbank and Orchard Rds.
The subdivision will comprise four clusters of relatively
small rural-style lots between 6000sq m and 1.13ha in area,
with residential building platforms accessed by a new private
The house sites will be set within the rural area, with the
balance of about 67ha maintained as pastoral land leased to
A covenant over the grazing land will prevent further
subdivision or development, unless the land is rezoned, which
would allow the restriction to be removed.
Orchard Road Holdings co-director Allan Dippie said the
company planned to start work on the project this autumn.
''It involves the farm being completely redeveloped around 18
new house sites.
''We hope to show what can be achieved by a different style
of rural residential subdivision rather than the traditional
10-acre block scenario,'' Mr Dippie said.
Eight submitters, most of them neighbours of the property,
opposed the application, primarily because of the effect on
the visual amenity landscape the property sits within.
A hearing was held in Wanaka in October with commissioners
David Collins and Gillian Macleod.
In response to concerns raised, Orchard Road Holdings
submitted revised plans which moved the southern cluster of
lots further north away from the site boundaries and existing
residential properties across Riverbank Rd, and also moved
the new access road away from other properties.
Commissioners Macleod and Collins said the ''carefully
designed arrangement'' of lots and the various mainly
volunteered controls on development would allow 19 future
dwellings to fit into the landscape in a way that met the
district plan assessment matters and retained the essential
''Inevitably, the views across the site presently enjoyed by
the owners of adjoining properties will change, but no more
than anticipated for this zone under the district plan,'' the
The commissioners said the development was at a low density
that would not prevent re-subdivision at an urban density in
the event the area was one day rezoned.