Geddes warns of risks of development between town and airport

Clive GeddesRetiring 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.