Part of plan withdrawn

Part of a plan change for Frankton has been withdrawn after the new owner of part of the Five Mile development appealed to the Environment Court.

Queenstown Lakes district councillors unanimously voted to withdraw part of plan change 19 Frankton Flats B at an extraordinary meeting yesterday.

Council senior policy analyst Alyson Hutton said the purpose of the meeting was to gain authorisation to withdraw the part of plan change 19 Frankton Flats B which overlapped with the operative Frankton Flats A zone.

Frankton Flats B is the land between Queenstown Airport, Glenda Dr industrial area, State Highway 6 and Frankton Flats.

Ms Hutton said the overlap would "create unnecessary uncertainty and difficulties in processing resource consents and obtaining high-quality urban outcomes for the Frankton Flats area".

She said since Queenstown Gateway Ltd, the new owners of the small block of the Five Mile site, had started planning its development, the issues had become apparent.

Ms Hutton said the company had appealed the plan change to the Environment Court, but "resolution via agreement may be difficult and take significant time".

After the decision, the public was excluded from the meeting.

Councillors discussed how the 12 appeals lodged to the Environment Court about the plan change would be mediated.


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