Wanaka residents who support the rezoning of a large swathe
of rural land for urban use should be ''very, very ashamed'',
an opponent of the development says.
Architect Ken Warburton took aim at those behind proposed
private plan change 45 (PC45) at a public hearing in Wanaka
PC45 proposes a 219ha Northlake special zone providing for
1600 mixed-density housing lots between the Clutha River and
Aubrey Rd, opposite Mr Warburton's home.
Requesting the plan change is Michaela Ward Meehan, of
Sydney, who owns the largest portion of the land involved.
She approached three other neighbouring landowners with a
proposal to prepare and present PC45 as a joint request. Two
agreed, while a third elected to not be actively involved.
''PC45 is not what Wanaka wants,'' Mr Warburton told the
''It is about maximising the return to the developers, by the
raping and pillaging of our natural environment by an
overseas raider with no care for Wanaka and its environment,
supported by some locals who should be very, very ashamed of
Mrs Meehan's lawyer, Warwick Goldsmith, lodged an objection
to Mr Warburton's comments and said Mrs Meehan's husband,
Chris Meehan, was born in Winton.
Several other submitters spoke in opposition to the plan
change and repeated references were made to the ''sea of
house roofs'' it would create, which would degrade landscape
views from neighbouring areas.
Aubrey Rd resident Elisabeth Muir, whose property backs on to
the plan change area, spoke of the ''human factor'' in PC45.
''I have heard little concern expressed about the impact of
this Northlake proposal for a plan change on the lives and
the wellbeing, in fact on the ecology of us, the human
beings, the fauna, who already inhabit this environment,''
''We all deliberately sought and chose a quiet, relatively
unpeopled sanctuary of great natural beauty...
"There can be no possible mitigation for the effects on all
of us in Aubrey Rd of becoming swallowed up by a suburban
Lawyer Jan Caunter made submissions on behalf of a group of
submitters living in the vicinity of the Northlake site. She
called for the plan change to be declined and the future of
the land to be instead subject to the upcoming district plan
''This plan change is simply seeking to jump ahead of that
review and to deliver substantial economic benefits to the
requester at a cost to the wider community,'' Ms Caunter
She submitted there was no economic assessment provided by
the Mrs Meehan of why the market needed the level of density
proposed at Northlake or whether the development was even
The application anticipated the potential creation of ''a
sizeable township'', not a natural extension to existing
growth patterns, as Mr Goldsmith had described it, Ms Caunter
''There are no existing growth patterns in this part of
Wanaka that reflect the quantity of development and the
density of development proposed here.''