A significant Central Otago landmark near Lowburn is once
again the subject of a resource consent application.
Minaret Resources Ltd, a group of investors, has applied to
the Central Otago District Council to change conditions of an
already granted consent - to change building platformshapes
and to remove controls over roof pitch - for a subdivision it
intends to build on the Lowburn Valley floor and parts of the
Lowburn Terraces, known as Sugarloaf.
Its application says the change to the building platforms
''represent only minor tweaking to provide a more practical
building site'' The shape of the building platforms on four
of the lots made it difficult to design a house, making the
lots unmarketable, it said.
It is also seeking the removal of roof pitch controls on the
platforms'' on three of those plots. It claimed the
combination of roof pitch (28-40 degrees) and height controls
(5.5m), plus the requirement of 1m eaves on those lots meant
houses of widths only 4.6m to 8.5m would be possible.
It proposed to delete the requirement for roof pitch and
eaves, but to retain the height restrictions. The
Dunedin-based company first applied to subdivide and build on
and by the landform known as Sugarloaf almost a decade ago.
It had applied for consent to subdivide land and create 28
allotments and for land-use consent to build houses on 12
newly created allotments on the Sugarloaf hill overlooking
Lowburn inlet. Public notification of that application drew
169 submissions, with 15 in support.
Consent was declined by independent commissioner Michael
Parker and mediation in the Environment Court followed.
After the proposal was scaled down, Mr Parker granted consent
to build 14 houses in 2006. Following an appeal, the court,
upheld Mr Parker's ruling. On that occasions, 27 submissions
were received and 22 were opposed. The granted consent
confined building to the Lowburn Valley, floor to keep the
Sugarloaf hill free of development.
Two of the 17 plots were to be vested as reserves and one as
Two of the lots on which houses were to be built have since
Other changes requested in the new application, such as
removal or modification of controls of colour and cladding,
were intended to make things simpler, due to changes of the
Central Otago District Plan since the consent was granted.
Those changes caused duplication or conflict with the
consent, the new application said.
The application is open for public submissions until 4pm on
Friday, March 1.
An application for resource consent to subdivide and build in
the same area was lodged late last year by Seaview Farm
Trust. That application attracted 28 submissions, mostly in
opposition. Shortly before it was due to be considered by the
Central Otago District Council hearings panel, it was pulled
from the agenda and put on hold, due to the nature of the
submissions. It is unclear when it would come before the