Developer remains hopeful despite consent declined

Development of land near Mt Iron and a roundabout at the entrance to Wanaka is still under...
Development of land near Mt Iron and a roundabout at the entrance to Wanaka is still under discussion. PHOTO: MARK PRICE
Major change to the entrance to Wanaka is still on the cards, despite a resource consent application being declined earlier this year.

Mt Iron Junction Ltd co-owner Stephen Schikker confirmed yesterday he was in mediation with the Queenstown Lakes District Council over his company’s development proposal, and he said he could see "light at the end of the tunnel".

The company wants to spend $20-$30million building a service station, workers’ accommodation, terrace housing, a child care centre and a mini golf facility on a 5.8ha triangular allotment bounded by State Highway 84 to the south and SH6 to the east.

The development would also enable the New Zealand Transport Agency to create a $4million roundabout at what is considered to be one of the Upper Clutha’s most dangerous intersections.

However, after a hearing in February, the company’s proposal was declined because the land is zoned rural general, and independent commissioners considered the landscape changes would be more than minor.

Mr Schikker said mediation had been completed and "we are working out the conditions of consent."

"I think there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

"The frustrating thing is that it is one of the very few developments that has a very strong public support. It is just the underlying zone issue that we’re struggling with."

The council’s planning and strategy committee is due to be updated on the matter at its meeting tomorrow, in the public excluded part of the meeting. Mr Schikker described the land as a "wasteland" and an "eyesore".

"As locals, we want a really good result and we think our plan will create that.

"It’s just a matter of working through it with the council."


Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter