Concerns about ‘village’ heard

Residents' concerns about noise from a proposed "food truck village" on a neighbouring site in central Wanaka dominated hearing proceedings on Wednesday.

The Teat Family Trust is seeking resource consent to establish the village, which could house up to 10 food trucks, on its 3036sqm Brownston St property.

Associated seating, carparking, toilets and acoustic fencing would also be built, and alcohol would be sold on site.

The land sits in a town centre overlay zone in the proposed district plan, which would permit commerical activity.

The applicant’s counsel, Bridget Irving, said  the village would operate daily from 7.30am to 10pm and vendors would have music playing for much of the time.

She said the site, which features Bullock Creek and several trees and plantings, was one that "draws people in" and the development would "make the most of those features".

While the idea has been backed by food truck vendors situated in a caryard across the road, neighbours were concerned the development would have more than minor negative effects on their properties.

Counsel for three of the neighbours, Graeme Todd, told commissioners Bob Nixon and Tony Hill his clients had not been provided with a draft management plan or operational plan for the village, so did not have enough information to assess the application.

He also believed the village would have the potential to turn into a "beer garden" where young people would congregate to drink alcohol and subsequently make a significant amount of noise.

Mr Nixon believed "some alternations" would need to be made to the consent conditions if consent was to be granted.

Ms Irving said she and her client would make amendments to the proposed conditions.


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