Two large retailers took a giant step towards establishing
themselves in Queenstown following a decision by two
independent hearings commissioners released yesterday.
Commissioners Jane Taylor and David Clarke, both of
Queenstown, conditionally granted Mitre 10 Mega and Pak'n
Save resource consent to build stores in the Shotover Park
development on the Frankton Flats.
The battle between developer Alistair Porter, chief executive
of the Porter Group, and the Queenstown Lakes District
Council to have the site rezoned dates back to 2011 and has
been heard by the Environment Court, the High Court and the
The consents were granted to Foodstuffs (South Island)
Properties Ltd and Cross Roads Properties Ltd to build,
respectively, Pak'n Save and Mitre 10 Mega stores under the
condition the stores are not opened to the public until the
intersection of State Highway 6 and Glenda Dr is reconfigured
to be a left hand turn-in only and a roundabout is installed
at the intersection of State Highway 6 and the new Eastern
The consent also outlines opening hours for the stores and
strict conditions for the design of the buildings.
Mr Porter said he was ''delighted'' with the decision by the
commissioners and predicted it would bring a ''massive amount
of economic development to Queenstown'' and ''create an
enormous amount of employment''.
''Getting these stores established through the planning
process has taken an extraordinary and unnecessary amount of
time and cost for all parties,'' he said.
''We have been battling for many years. I'm delighted for the
applicants and I'm particularly delighted for the community
He was working to make sure the roading required for the big
businesses to open was completed by winter 2015. The changes
to Frankton Flats roads, being built in conjunction with the
New Zealand Transport Agency, would improve road safety and
convenience for road users, he said.
Attempts last night to contact Queenstown Lakes District
Council chief executive Adam Feeley were unsuccessful, as
were attempts to contact Cross Roads Properties Ltd and
Foodstuffs (South Island) Properties Ltd.
Mrs Taylor said in the consent decision to ''decline consent
... in the face of the substantial body of evidence in
support of large-format retail activities ... would be
''In summary, we find that the proposal will promote economic
growth in the Queenstown district and will allow the
community to provide for its social and economic needs,'' she