Ladies Mile plan future to be put to vote

Ladies Mile. Photo: ODT files
Ladies Mile. Photo: ODT files
Elected members will be asked to decide whether to continue working on a Queenstown Lakes District Council-led approach for the controversial Ladies Mile masterplan - at reduced development density - or halt work on it at a full council meeting this Thursday.

Council planning and development general manager Tony Avery said the project team had analysed public feedback and proposed options for councillors.

Of 506 public submissions on the plan, which was produced by a consortium of consultants, 86% were either opposed to, or concerned about, the proposal.

Under the draft plan, another 2400 high-density dwellings are contemplated.

Many submissions raised as a key issue increased congestion along State Highway 6, which is already congested.

Mr Avery said there were "a number of matters of concern" which required consideration by the council, including transport.

That remained a "key constraint to potential development in this area", he said.

"There’s a lot of work still to be done to confirm what needs to happen, when and how it will be funded.

"There are other matters requiring further work, including the height, density and numbers of residential units allowed for, management of stormwater, location of the proposed high school, the nature and extent of community facilities and commercial centre, and the final form of the planning provisions that would ensure the delivery of the vision behind the masterplan."

On Thursday, councillors will consider whether the project team continues the council-led approach to develop a masterplan, at a lower density of development than was consulted on, and resolve outstanding matters.

The alternative was to instead work with NZ Transport Agency and the Otago Regional Council on proposed transport "interventions", their timing and funding, and manage future development proposals through the district plan and Resource Management Act processes, Mr Avery said.


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