The Wanaka Yacht Club has welcomed support for an extension
of its facilities in the draft Wanaka lakefront reserves
The Wanaka Community Board will today consider approving the
draft plan for public notification.
Prepared by Parks and Recreation infrastructure Consultants
Ltd, the plan applies to 14 reserves surrounding Lake Wanaka
covering about 315ha from Glendhu Bay to the Outlet Camp.
It identifies in general terms how the Queenstown Lakes
District Council wants the reserves to be managed, protected
and developed and has considered suggestions from the public,
key stakeholders and iwi.
Plan policies for the Wanaka Marina Reserve support
increasing the leased area for the Wanaka Yacht Club to
accommodate an extended clubhouse.
The extensions would include a building for the Wanaka
Coastguard, new toilets/changing rooms and a bigger main
Club commodore Quentin Smith said the club was yet to review
the draft plan, but he was pleased to hear it included a
policy supporting improvements to club facilities, a proposal
which had been in the pipeline for several years.
Policies for the Roys Bay Reserve - the Wanaka township's
main lakefront area - include: to consider support for a
combined watersports club building within the southwestern
end of the bay; to permit a Lower Ardmore St landscape
development; and to support the building of a new iSite.
Under the plan, council would continue to allow use of the
reserves for commercial purposes via a concession or formal
agreement under the Reserves Act.
However, a publicly notified development plan to create more
open space opposite the town's retail centre would consider
removing commercial facilities from the Roys Bay Reserve that
could otherwise occupy non-reserve land at the end of
existing leases or license terms.
The plan requires the council to ensure all capital works
programmes be developed in consultation with the community,
including the addition or removal of any built structure
whether publicly or privately owned.
Any new building or modified existing facility shall be,
wherever possible, set back an appropriate distance from the
mean high water mark to ensure public pedestrian access along
the lakefront edge of reserve is maintained.
QLDC parks and operations manager Mike Weaver has recommended
the community board nominate a hearings panel to consider
submissions and to finalise the plan for endorsement by the
A management plan was considered a ''pragmatic response'' to
the increasing number of applications for various structures
and activities along the Wanaka lakefront, Mr Weaver said.
A draft for notification was intended to be released before
Christmas. However, the timetable was delayed largely because
of the range of topics raised.