Should more residential development be provided for
outside the urban growth boundary of Arrowtown and, if so, what
is the appropriate density, were the questions posed in the
Environment Court yesterday.
A slimmed down version of Arrowtown South, the proposed
housing development for the last large greenfield site in
Arrowtown, was presented to the court in Queenstown
yesterday. Private plan change 39 was originally accepted by
the Queenstown Lakes District Council in November 2009.
The plan change sought to rezone 30ha of rural general land
to provide for residential, village and open space
It also sought to extend the urban growth boundary proposed
in plan change 29.
The Environment Court approved the urban growth boundary as
proposed by the council in PC29, but curbed the PC39 rezoning
sought by Arrowtown South proposers.
Following its decision on PC29, the court was called on to
declare if a revised PC39, at a reduced density, was still
within the scope of PC39 as lodged.
The court declared it was.
Appellants, Cook Adam Trustees Ltd and Roger Monk, owners of
land to the south of Arrowtown between McDonnell Rd and
Centennial Ave, yesterday lodged a revised and ''much
It proposed a reduction in density from the original 226
dwellings to 19 urban residential allotments with some room
for further subdivision inside the amended urban growth
boundary on McDonnell Rd, and 23 residential allotments,
including one existing dwelling.
The revised plan also included protection of the escarpment
face, protection of the stream, walking and cycling paths,
landscaping and minimal internal roads and crossing points.
''The appellants submit that the reduction in density of the
amended PC39, together with the retention of open, unmodified
space, remedies or mitigates the adverse effects of
urbanisation identified by the court in the PC29 decision,''
counsel for the appellants Ian Gordon, of Wellington, told
Judge Jon Jackson and commissioners yesterday.
Parties to the appeal are Dame Elizabeth Hanan and Murray
Hanan, present in court yesterday, who said they were also
representing the absent Paul Hanan and Judith Hanan, plus J.
Rutherford, Neville Caird, the Queenstown Lakes District
Council and the Arrowtown Village Association incorporated
Judge Jackson voiced the concern of the Hanans that
''Arrowtown has been creeping for years'' and Arrowtown South
approval permitted more subdivision in the future, Mr Gordon
said planning provisions were prepared with that concern in
mind and would identify any further buildings as non
However, the judge said the measures only lasted as long as
the plan or the next resource consent application.
Judge Jackson asked Mr Gordon if the appellants would
volunteer a covenant to guarantee there will not be further
subdivision, which would assure interested parties and
shorten cross-examination of witnesses.
The first witness for the appellants was ecology and
biodiversity specialist Dawn Palmer, who said there had been
a kotaku sighting a few kilometres south of the residential
site in 2005.
The hearing continues this week.