The Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider the
appointment of commissioners for its proposed Plan Change 50
at its meeting in Wanaka tomorrow.
District Plan manager Matthew Paetz said ''tentative
approaches'' had been made to Sir John Hansen and Jane Taylor
to make up the hearing panel for the plan change, which will
be presented to the council next month.
The council proposed the change last month to rezone about
13ha of council-owned and private land as Queenstown town
The land, which is now zoned high density residential,
includes the mainly council-owned Lakeview site, for which it
is investigating a $60 million convention centre.
It also includes privately owned land between Lakeview and
the existing CBD.
The council last week unveiled concept plans for the
convention centre, as well as the potential development of a
a 150-room hotel, 185 high-density residential units and
6500sq m of commercial and industrial space.
Mr Paetz said Sir John had potential commitments associated
with the Christchurch rebuild, and his availability depended
on the early confirmation of his appointment.
Sir John, a High Court judge from 1995 to 2008, was ''highly
experienced'' in Resource Management Act matters, but unlike
Ms Taylor, was not on the council's list of hearing
''However, it is considered that the level of public
interest, and potential litigation, in the proposed plan
change is such that it is appropriate to have a person of
both his experience and standing in legal circles to chair
If the council decides to notify the plan change next month,
the hearing will begin on November 17.