Hot tub complex planned

As the hot tubs would lie on top of the hill, they would have very limited visual impact on the landscape, property owner Rik Deaton argued. Photo: Sean Nugent
As the hot tubs would lie on top of the hill, they would have very limited visual impact on the landscape, property owner Rik Deaton argued. Photo: Sean Nugent
A small hot tub complex could soon be on the way for the Maungawera Valley.

A certificate of compliance has been sought by Heron Investments Ltd for the establishment of a commercial recreational activity and facility containing six wood-fired hot tubs and change rooms, a cluster of 10 small buildings to be used as toilets, storage and site office, and three water tanks, on its 114ha Camphill Rd property, near Albert Town.

About 976cum of cut and fill earthworks would also be undertaken, to create the platform for the tubs, buildings and water tanks.

The directors of Heron Investments are Rik and Juliet Deaton. They have owned the property since 1991.

Permission for a commercial hot tub complex has been applied for by the landowners of this...
Permission for a commercial hot tub complex has been applied for by the landowners of this Maungawera Valley farm, near Wanaka. The proposed complex would lie on top of the foothills, according to the application. IMAGE SUPPLIED

Mr Deaton said on Tuesday the project was ''really exciting''.

''It's incredibly isolated visually. I have a longstanding interest in renewable energy and there will be a huge renewable energy dimension to what we ultimately develop here.''

Saving the land from eventual urbanisation was a large reason behind the project, he said.

''We hope this will be a real-community facility. In no way shape or form is it purely for international visitors.''

In the application, prepared by planner Carey Vivian, of Vivian and Espie, it was said the maximum number of people involved in the activity at any one time would be 12, made up of 11 guests and one staff member.

It was proposed that clients would be picked up from Wanaka surrounds by minivan and driven to the site, which would be accessed from an existing crossing on Camphill Rd.

Limiting the number of people would mean the application would comply with the policies and rules of the Queenstown Lakes District Council's Operative District Plan and Proposed District Plan, and would therefore not require a resource consent, Mr Vivian said.

Mr Vivian said the point of whether the initial six hot tubs would or would not require a resource consent was still being debated with council.

''We don't know where that's going yet. 'We may have to just include it all in one resource consent application. Hopefully, we'll resolve that over the next couple of days.''

Resource consent would be applied for at a later date to add three further hot tubs, in order to make the facility economically viable, he said.

sean.nugent@odt.co.nz


 

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