Pair appointed to plan change panel

Plan change hearings in May on the controversial Arrowtown South project and on urban boundaries in the Queenstown Lakes district will be chaired by district councillors Gillian Macleod and Lyal Cocks.

They will join independent commissioner Mike Garland for the proposed private plan change 39 Arrowtown South hearing.

The proposal includes a subdivision of 215 houses, 4.6km of public trails, 12ha of open space, a 8374sq m village and a road between Centennial Ave and McDonnell Rd.

The Arrowtown South hearing is provisionally set for the week starting either May 10 or May 17.

The three commissioners will also chair the hearing for plan change 30 urban boundary framework in late March and plan change 29 Arrowtown boundary in late April.

Policy and planning general manager Phillip Pannett gave an update on plan changes under way, during a recent QLDC committee meeting.

Mr Pannett recommended a council officer prepare a council submission on Queenstown Airport Corporation private plan change 35 for councillors to approve.

The airport's proposal to extend air noise boundaries and operating hours to midnight and its alteration to the notice of requirement to alter the existing airport designation was notified on January 27.

Submissions close on February 26.

Mr Pannett reported there had not been any appeals to Plan Change 25 on the Kingston Special Zone by the deadline of February 3.

The plan sought to guide the expansion of Kingston and create water and wastewater infrastructure to new and existing parts of the township.

A student planner has been surveying operators in Queenstown and Wanaka's business and industrial zones to monitor the zones and make recommendations for any plan change, Mr Pannett said.

Information collected would be presented to the strategy committee this year.


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