Consent for wine tasting operation

A restaurant, wine tasting facility, and edible garden at Queensberry has been granted resource consent by the Central Otago District Council.

Applicants Diana and Dean Harker, of Bannockburn, proposed to relocate their business, Lazy Dog Cafe and Wine Bar, from Cairnmuir Rd to State Highway 6, between Cromwell and Wanaka.

The relocation would include the construction of a 247sq m building, to be used for a range of activities, including dining, wine tasting, small weddings of up to 60 people, wine and food market days, an annual Lazy Dog Show fundraiser, and work functions.

It will also be used to sell merchandise, and will provide a venue for local artists to display their work.

The Harkers proposed to open the facility every day of the week for morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

It will be open three nights a week for evening dining.

The 8.2ha site fronting State Highway 6 and Gladsmuir Rd is zoned as a Rural Resource Area, which made the proposed retail activity a non-compliant one under the council's plan.

The CODC hearing panel granted consent on 35 conditions relating to the colour and size of buildings, hours of operation, noise control, parking, and vehicle access.

Mr and Mrs Harker's application also stated a private dwelling on site might be an option within five years of the restaurant development opening.

Four submissions on the proposal were lodged with the council, three supportive and one neutral.

Queensberry residents who submitted their opinion stated the additional business would be welcome in the area.

They said it would provide motorists travelling between Cromwell and Wanaka a place to stop for a break.

Transit New Zealand's neutral submission stated the complex would not have a significant impact on existing or planned roading in the area.


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