Wanaka Community Board chairman Lyal Cocks hopes the Damper
Bay resource consent case can be resolved without going to
the High Court for a judicial review but yesterday he could
not reveal how negotiations with the developer were going.
Damper Bay Estates Ltd is a company associated with
businessmen Trevor Farmer and Craig Heatley, both of
Auckland, and Mark Taylor, of Queenstown.
The company has applied for resource consent to build six
lakefront houses but is at odds with the Queenstown Lakes
District Council and the Otago Regional Council over a nearby
The QLDC considered the issue with public excluded at its
meeting on Tuesday.
Cr Cocks confirmed afterwards he hoped a court case being
brought by Damper Bay Estates Ltd could be avoided and that
the three parties could resolve issues as soon as possible.
"I am not allowed to talk about it. The second part of the
resolution was not to make public the resolution," Cr Cocks
The third party in the dispute is the Otago Regional Council.
QLDC corporate and regulatory manager Roger Taylor said he
hoped to provide more information in two weeks' time.
A campaign by the Upper Clutha Environmental Society drew 110
submissions opposing the Damper Bay development.
One of the resource consent issues is the visibility of the
houses from a walking track jointly built by the two
The judicial review has forced independent resource consent
commissioner Trevor Shiels to put the resource consent
application on hold.