Last-minute appeals on $300m Queenstown development

A handful of last-minute appeals have been made to the $300 million Shotover Country development, including two from the developers.

Appeals from the Queenstown Airport Corporation and Arith holdings Ltd were received late on Wednesday, followed by two from the development proposers, the Ladies Mile Partnership, on Thursday.

Situated 10km northeast of Queenstown, between the Shotover River and Lake Hayes Estate, the 120ha development would include up to 750 new houses and small-scale retail.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council strategy committee last month approved Plan Change 41 - Shotover Country, starting a 30-day appeal period which ended yesterday.

The QAC's appeal says the proposal generally fails to promote sustainable management and fails to avoid, remedy or mitigate effects - particularly relating to the airport. It questions the decision to reject the QAC's submission that PC41 "would generate reverse sensitivity effects between QAC and future residents".

That decision touched on the QAC's application that mechanical ventilation be required for all houses, which it considers is the "most appropriate" way of avoiding noise issues.

The QAC therefore wanted the plan change rejected in its entirety or amended to include mechanical ventilation and aircraft noise "no-complaints covenants".

Arith Holdings Ltd, a company owned by the Jacks Point developers, also asked for the plan change to be declined. It said the decision did not meet Resource Management Act principles or purposes, failing to represent "sustainable management of natural and physical resources".

The company argued the plan change was not needed, ran contrary to district strategies and studies such as Tomorrow's Queenstown and also raised reverse sensitivity issues.

Arith Holdings Ltd was classified as a trade competitor to Shotover Country.

Ladies Mile Partnership's first notice of appeal sought changes on eight areas, including terrace buffer area planting, road setbacks, and housing density.

The second sought to repeal the reduction of an area of land which the Otago Regional Council considers to be at risk of flooding.

It argued that if the area was raised to the proposed PC41 level using fill, the ground level would be 0.8m higher than the water level predicted during a one-in-100-year flood.

"Removing Area 1b... results in a loss of development potential of approximately 120 residential dwellings in an area where there are existing and future constraints on the supply of land for residential housing," the appeal said.

The Ladies Miles Partnership comprises landowners Terence McCashin, Beverly McCashin and Grant Stalker.

QLDC senior policy analyst Jonathan Richards said although the appeal period had ended, postal delays meant appeals on the Shotover Country development could still arrive early next week.

If no-one seeks to become a party to any of the appeals - which would create another 15 day waiting period - the appeals will come before the strategy committee again in the new year.

Opposition group Protect Queenstown has yet to make an appeal. A spokeswoman for the group, which comprised about 12 concerned neighbours, last month said it was unlikely to lodge an appeal because the court costs would be too great if it was unsuccessful.



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