Tomorrow's decision by Queenstown Lakes district
councillors on a proposed convention centre at Lakeview will
not be ''an irreversible commitment'', chief executive Adam
The council will be asked at its full meeting tomorrow to
approve the development at the central Queenstown site,
subject to conditions.
The conditions include securing capital funding in addition
to $32.5 million the council could contribute.
Mr Feeley said the recommendation was ''still a relatively
''We've got councillors ... with [different] perspectives
but, at the end of the day, all of the councillors know they
have to decide in the best interests of the district as a
''I just hope and expect ... they have given pretty careful
consideration to what has been over 500 pages of information
Councillors spoken to by the ODT yesterday said they
received robust information and had open minds ahead of the
As part of the recommendation, the council would also be
asked to direct officers to report by July 30 with:
• A draft plan change for a Lakeview sub-zone.
• A proposed master plan for the site.
• Alternative design options for staged or reduced
By September 30, officers would be directed to report with
alternative rating options for a reduced contribution by
As part of the report on the agenda item, prepared by
transition manager Paul Speedy, a visitor levy was mooted to
manage any shortfall.
Yesterday, Mr Feeley said that was speculative and just one
of several options.
''We can speculate about how it might be applied ... but it's
really too early to say that. All we can say is it's
something that's been talked about for some time now.''
He said a visitor levy seemed to be a realistic possibility.
''The indication from the Government is 'talk to us after the
Other options open to the council to fund the shortfall were
to find alternative sources of capital or establish the
centre in stages and/or reduce the cost of construction by an
amount proportionate with any Government reduction in
Remarkables Park Ltd developer Alastair Porter confirmed he
lodged a consent application yesterday afternoon for his
conference centre, proposed for land at Frankton.
The application said consent was required for a single-storey
building and plaza to provide education and commercial
activities, community events and entertainment.
The proposal comprised 2700sq m in stage one, and would total
3900sq m after stage two.
RPL said the application could be processed on a non-notified
The company considered the effects of the proposal would be
less than minor. The proposal met the relevant objectives and
policies for the Remarkables Park Zone and its structure
Mr Feeley said while it was desirable for the councillors to
make as an ''informed decision as possible, to date all we've
seen from Alastair is a simple sketch drawing and a two-page
summary and floor plan''.
''We have made three requests to see if he's willing to
provide council with more information. He's declined that. I
guess that's his decision.
''For six months now we have been saying if you would like to
help the council make a more informed decision, we would be
grateful to receive whatever documentation you have got ...
but no. Those four pages are all we've seen.''
Mr Feeley said three independent sources had reviewed the RPL
proposal, including a convention centre architect and a
Despite there being ''not a lot to review'', advice and
information received would be presented to the council