Subdivisions could create 40 sections

Two ambitious subdivisions combining business and recreation in the Waitaki Valley could see up to 40 residential sections developed around the historic Campbell Park property at Otekaieke. 

Both are what has been described as a ‘‘new concept for the Waitaki region'', including one in the Doctor's Creek Rd area based on an equestrian centre.

The largest subdivision is on the eastern side of the Otekaieke River with access from Eastern Rd.

Sunny Downs Ltd has applied to the Waitaki District Council for resource consent for a 32-lot subdivision, of which 27 lots would be for houses, on Eastern Rd.

Sunny Downs has also applied for a 15-lot subdivision, of which 13 would be for houses, in the Doctor's Creek Rd area on land listed as being owned by Campbell Park Estates.

While the applications are separate, the council has decided to publicly notify them for submissions. However, the developer has appealed the decision to notify, which will be heard on Monday.

The separate resource consent applications for the two subdivisions were to maintain a degree of flexibility over the timing of the developments, consultant surveyor Kurt Bowen, of Paterson Pitts Partners, said.

The two subdivisions would include recreational amenities and business facilities administered by a management body. Recreation amenities would include walking tracks, equestrian facilities, hunting zones, bike tracks and areas for picnics and playing.

The business facilities would be within the existing Campbell Park complex, available for use by residents and guests.

The two consent applications were the first two stages of the overall development.

Resource consents could be sought for further stages, which could include viticulture, other intensive agriculture, revitalising the existing Campbell Park complex (possibly including some unit title subdivision) and further residential development.

The Eastern Rd subdivision would have 27 residential sites, two blocks owned by the residential property owners for community use and three sites withheld for future development.

The focus was to provide a cluster of residential sites interspersed with the shared land and community recreation facilities.

The Eastern Rd development is divided into three stages of 12, nine and six lots.

The Doctor's Creek development would have 13 residential sections, a shared-ownership community block and a residual area for future development.

The residential sites would be linked to a new equestrian facility, including stables and animal care buildings.

Other recreational facilities would be established on the community-owned block.

Mr Bowen said the proposal was unusual in that, while residential lots in the subdivisions did not strictly meet the 4ha minimum in the Waitaki district plan, they would have a shared ownership in the community blocks.

Council planning manager Jack Chandra said there were special circumstances which warranted publicly notifying the two applications.

These included public interest, departure from the minimum-sized residential lots with community ownership in common areas and restrictions imposed by the scenic reserve zoning at the rear of the property.

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