Subdivision plan publicly notified

An application by Criffel Deer Ltd to subdivide land on Mt Barker Rd, near Wanaka, was publicly notified this week.

Criffel Deer Ltd wants consent to carry out a four-lot subdivision of an 11.6ha parcel of land zoned rural general and create two residential building platforms on the north side of Mt Barker Rd, 800m from the intersection with Faulks Rd.

The site is part of the Criffel Deer Farm and is located within a visual amenity landscape.

The Companies Office lists Criffel Deer Ltd's directors as Michael and Caroline Garnham.

The application has been assessed as a non-complying activity, as two of the proposed lots do not contain building platforms.

Two of the proposed lots would contain existing houses and sheds, another would be amalgamated with the lot containing the house, to provide more space around it. The balance of the site would continue to be run as pastoral land.

Lakes Environmental senior landscape architect Robin Rawson said the proposal would contribute to sprawl down Mount Barker Rd. The form of development would not retain rural character and would breach boundary setbacks which "has the potential to affect the rural amenity of future residents".

The development site proposal would result in cumulative effects particularly in relation to "over-domestication", Ms Rawson said.

Landscape planner Ben Espie said the proposal's low visibility, along with design controls and conditions volunteered as part of the application - relating to the external appearance of future buildings and retaining important vegetation - meant there would be no adverse effects on perceived landscape character and values.

Submissions on the application close on January 27.

• In a commissioners' decision issued last month, One Acre Family Trust was refused consent to undertake a three-lot subdivision that breached the minimum lot size in the rural lifestyle zone on Mount Aspiring Rd, Wanaka.




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