Interim decision on noise

An interim decision regarding Queenstown Airport noise boundary issues was delivered by the Environment Court yesterday and an agreement from involved parties is now due by the end of the month.

A Noise Management Plan will be established by September 28 after the airport, the Queenstown Lakes District Council and Remarkables Park Ltd announced yesterday they had reached an agreement.

Issues amended by the court surrounded noise modelling software, noise mitigation and noise boundaries at the Frankton airport.

The airport's private Plan Change 35 was adopted in part by the council, but was appealed by Air New Zealand, Remarkables Park Ltd, Shotover Park and Wakatipu Residents Against Air Noise Inc, meaning a two-week hearing was required in January.

The residents' group withdrew from proceedings in February.

The remaining groups had reached an agreement but the court found some of the changes made were not fully supported, or were inconsistent or ambiguous.

The interim decision has been released so related parties can address the provisions and reach an agreement. If any party takes a different position from QAC or QLDC, it is to file a memorandum by October 5.


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