An application to subdivide an 80ha area near Lowburn,
classed as a significant amenity landscape, has attracted 28
submissions - mostly in opposition.
That has seen proponent Seaview Farm Trust put its
application on hold while it gathers more information.
Following public consultation, the application for
subdivision and land use consent was to be considered by the
Central Otago District Council hearings panel this week but
was pulled from the agenda. Acting on behalf of the
proponent, BTW South planning manager Anita Dawe said due to
the nature of the submissions, ''we need to do a bit of work
before we front up''.
That work would include input from an archaeological
assessor, as called for by the New Zealand Historic Places
Trust in its submission.
The trust opposed the proposal but said because there was no
assessment of archaeological values, it considered there was
not enough information on which to make a decision on the
The application was to create six allotments on top of the
Sugarloaf landform for a mix of residential and horticultural
purposes. The area in question is 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 (ONF) in the Central Otago District Plan. The
plan says the terrace face and riser is a nationally
recognised landform created by glacial outwash. Twenty of the
28 submitters were opposed to the proposed subdivision.
Of the remaining submissions, only four supported the
proposal. The others neither supported or opposed.
One submission from the latter group, by James and Glenda
Cutler and Andrew Burton, said though they neither supported
nor opposed, the council should grant the consent subject to
Those that opposed the proposal cited significant adverse
effects on the landscape that would be inconsistent with the
objectives of the district plan, because of the significant
amenity landscape (SAL) and ONF classifications.
They also argued any building on the landform would destroy
the visual appeal of the area.
In its submission, the Cromwell and District Community Trust
said the development would create an ''inappropriate frame''
for the ONF.
Several submitters cited a similar but larger-scale
application of a Dunedin-based company about seven years ago
that was declined.
Then, 169 submissions were received, with 153 opposing it.
That application was considered by independent commissioner
Michael Parker, who said the proposal had ''a level of
subdivision, use and development of the landform that is
Supporters of the proposal submitted the development would
stimulate growth in the region.
Council planning consultant David Whitney said, in the
context of the district plan, the proposed subdivision was
inappropriate and could set a precedent for development on
''In essence, all or part of the development ... will be seen
by viewers of the Sugarloaf ONF."
He had recommended council refuse consent for the
It was unclear when the proposal would come before the
hearings panel again.