Only 10% of neighbouring landowners have given feedback on
the Queenstown Lakes District Council's proposed rezoning of
13ha of land as ''town centre''.
If approved, the rezoning will provide a planning framework
for the council's proposed convention centre and enlarge the
Council spokeswoman Michele Poole said that of 301 landowners
and 84 leaseholders contacted by the council by letter or
email, 39 responded by the July 30 deadline.
The feedback was part of the council's ''informal
preconsultation'', and would be taken into consideration
while the proposed rezoning was being finalised, Ms Poole
Initiated by the council on July 16, the proposed rezoning
will define a convention centre within the district plan,
enable about 6500sq m of retail and commercial space, and
allow for other uses such as high-density residential
development, visitor accommodation and public recreation
As well as the Lakeview site earmarked for a convention
centre, the rezoning covers two blocks of privately owned
land bordered by Isle St - at present zoned high density
residential - between Lakeview and the existing CBD.
Ms Poole said a summary of the 39 responses would be placed
on the council's website once they had been analysed.
Letters were also being delivered to the occupiers of 69
houses owned by non-resident ratepayers, and to people
occupying cabins within the Lakeview site.
They had until the end of next week to provide feedback.
Formal public consultation on the plan change would take
place after it was formally notified, which was expected by
the end of next month.