Marina process labelled unfair

Queenstown Marina Developments has confirmed it has been shortlisted by the Queenstown Lakes District Council to submit design plans for a marina at Frankton.

Director Buzz March said he was one of two developers selected to proceed to the design stage of a 240-berth marina at Frankton.

However, he thought the process was unfair, because the other developer knew what Queenstown Marina Developments had planned.

"I believe it's totally unfair, because they know what we are proposing.

"It's public knowledge, because we went through the appeal process.

"But we don't have a clue who they are or what they are proposing," he said.

Four developers lodged expressions of interest with the council after the project was readvertised.

Queenstown Marina Developments had resource consent for the project but the council terminated the agreement because the company had failed to meet requirements within the agreed 12 months.

Mr March said he had spent four years and almost $2 million securing resource consent for the 3870sq m development after Environment Court appeals were settled.

"We are on the front foot and ready to go.

"We have resource consent to build a marina but we won't know if we can until we have final commitment from the council," he said.

Council project manager Ken Gousmett said the council's working party had asked the two developers for more information and would meet them later this month.


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