An area north of Cromwell classed as a significant amenity
landscape could be subdivided to permit four houses, if
applicant Seaview Farm Trust get its way.
The trust wants to subdivide an almost 80ha area on the
"terrace tread" of the Sugarloaf, or the Upper Clutha
Terraces, a landscape feature alongside Lake Dunstan at
Lowburn classed as an outstanding natural feature in the
Central Otago District Plan.
The plan says the terrace face and riser is a nationally
recognised landform created by glacial outwash.
About seven years ago, a Dunedin-based company was refused
consent to subdivide and create 28 allotments and build 12
houses on the landform. Then, independent commissioner
Michael Parker said that proposal had "a level of
subdivision, use and development of the landform that is
For that proposed development, 169 submissions were received
- 153 opposing it.
In a resource consent application to the Central Otago
District Council, the trust's planning consultant said the
intention was to create six allotments, four to be used for
residential purposes, each measuring about 2ha, the fifth for
horticultural use, measuring about 12ha and the remainder,
just under 60ha, would be retained for horticulture or
The application describes the land as vacant with sparse
vegetative cover and little productive value.
Almost 9ha of the site has restrictions on its use to protect
It also has an easement for a public walkway that connects to
an existing right of way off Lowburn Valley Rd to provide
walking access down and across the face of Sugarloaf.
The application says the subdivision proposal was designed to
push the building platforms back from the covenant area and
the applicant considered the effects of the subdivision would
be no more than minor.
The trust requested the application not be publicly notified.
Under rules in the district plan, the subdivision is classed
as a non-complying activity because the average area of the
allotments would be less than 8ha. Public submissions on the
application close tomorrow.