Retiring Mayor Clive
Geddes warned of the risks of what he called inappropriate
rural development between Wanaka and Wanaka Airport at his
last meeting with the Wanaka Community Board on Tuesday.
The board received a report from 3 Waters manager Gerry
Essenberg, proposing the board approve and recommend an
extension to the area serviced by the Wanaka wastewater
scheme, Project Pure, which is at Wanaka Airport.
Following Mr Geddes' warning, the board deleted Mr
Essenberg's recommendation and added a new one of its own
drafting, requesting the Wanaka airport management committee
present a feasibility study on extending the scheme before
any new connections are approved.
Several airport businesses are on septic tanks and want to
connect to the scheme, as do the owners of two blocks of land
near the airport.
The Pittaway family has made a resource-consent application
to build hangars near the airport.
Because Project Pure lines go through their property, they
have an existing agreement with the council to connect,
subject to paying developer contributions.
The Rhodes family, which owns and is extending the Wanaka Toy
and Transport Museum, also wants to connect.
Mr Essenberg's report was prompted by the Wanaka airport
committee, through the Queenstown Airport Corporation.
His report notes all financial costs of extending the scheme
would have to be met by the applicants, including the full
costs of providing the reticulation and connections.
Additional properties could then make use of part of the
works in the future, subject to approval.