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Submissions regarding an application for resource consent by Jessica Garden and Bradley Thomas for three attached residential units in Larch Cres went before the Central Otago District Council’s hearings panel yesterday.
Two neighbouring property owners made submissions against consent being granted.
The submitters, Ross and Barbara McLeod and Sarah Graham cite parking issues, noise, safety issues posed by extra vehicles, and particularly the number of people who could be living in the units.
In her submission, Ms Garden said Alexandra was in a housing shortage.
‘‘We are trying to help fix the problem, by building three units rather than investing in and buying an existing property which takes away that property from first-home buyers.’’
She said their ideal tenants were retirees or young professional couples pre children. There would be a maximum capacity of one to two people per unit. This would also alleviate concerns about the number of vehicles.
‘‘We have heard of instances where young families have had to move away from the area because they can’t get accommodation.
‘‘We are hopeful there could be instances where one to two people are renting three to four bedroom homes, where they could move into one of our units and free up family homes,’’ Ms Garden said.
Ms Graham told the hearing the ‘‘whole purpose’’ of her submission was to give the council ‘‘pause’’ to reflect on future implications.
Maximum capacity could not be guaranteed, she said.
‘‘My concern is we could have full families living in these spaces.’’
Hearings panel chairman Cr Neil Gillespie said he did not see how the council could rule on occupancy.
‘‘It’s not likely, to be honest.’’
He reserved the panel’s decision.