Focused growth objective of council’s spatial plan

Future residential growth in the Queenstown Lakes area will be focused on areas with good access to facilities, jobs and public transport and will include more high-density housing.

That was just one of the outcomes outlined in the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s spatial plan and adopted by councillors last week.

The plan was developed by the Grow Well Whaiora Partnership, a new urban growth partnership between central government, Ngai Tahu and the council to provide a long-term framework for managing growth out to 2050.

Chief executive Mike Theelen thanked the many community members, stakeholders and agencies who had contributed to the development of this first plan over the past three years.

“The final spatial plan that was presented for adoption has been shaped by feedback from our community, input from local businesses and organisations, and through the close collaboration of the Grow Well Whaiora Partnership, with the goal of providing a shared vision for the future.

‘‘This will also help all parties in the partnership to align planning and investment towards delivering on that vision,” Mr Theelen said.

The council received 147 submissions during the March-April consultation period and 35 people addressed hearings held in Queenstown and Wanaka.

The final plan proposed outcomes and strategies to deal with the challenges of growth, affordable housing, public transport, sustainable tourism, designing neighbourhoods that provided for everyday needs and diversifying the economy.

Much of the recent growth had occurred incrementally, ‘‘with decisions on land use not always being considered from a longer term strategic perspective’’.

The new approach would build on locations that were ‘‘already fully or partially urbanised’’.

It will be reviewed on a three-year cycle, except for the next plan cycle, which will be completed within two years.

This was to enable the spatial plan to inform the 2024 10-year plan and 30-year infrastructure strategy, Mr Theelen said.

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