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The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) has applied for a resource consent to establish a members-only motor caravan park at 20 Bay Rd, in Warrington.
The proposed site is directly opposite the freedom camping site at the Warrington Domain.
The application seeks provision for up to 60 self-contained motorhomes and caravans at peak times.
However, there would not be any ablutions facilities built. Rather, park users would be expected to use public dumping stations.
The nearest wastewater dump station is at Warrington Domain.
Kati Huirapa Runanga ki Puketeraki entered a submission in opposition to the proposal, questioning the capacity of the Warrington wastewater treatment plant to handle the waste of 60 vehicles.
The plant had already failed to comply with nitrogen limits set by its resource consent several times since 2015, and an increase in usage would raise the possibility of contaminants entering the sea.
The runanga’s submission also said the site of the application fell into Wahi Tupuna mapped areas in the Dunedin City Council’s second generation plan (2GP).
Wahi Tupuna areas hold particular cultural and ancestral significance for Ngai Tahu.
The cultural significance of the land was highlighted by a variety of archaeological sites it held, including a moa hunting site, a pounamu working site, and a pa (fortification).
The submission said the runanga was concerned that archaeological artefacts could be disturbed or damaged by earthworks or vehicles.
A section 42 report from consultant planner Robert Buxton recommended the resource consent be granted, subject to certain conditions.
Among these conditions was a recommendation that information be published on signs at the campsite and on the NZMCA website that discouraged campers from using the Warrington Domain dumping station, and encouraged them instead to use dump stations either north or south of Warrington before arriving or after leaving.
A panel of the council’s hearings committee will consider submissions for and against the resource consent application tomorrow morning.