Large lot zone may affect some homes

A new zone made operative in the Queenstown Lakes district plan may affect some residential areas in Wanaka.

The large lot residential zone applies to most properties previously zoned rural residential within Wanaka's urban growth boundary.

It was made operative last month, as it did not result in any appeals following the release of stage one of the proposed district plan.

The zone will double the density set out in former rules and lessen restrictions on building alterations along parts of Aubrey Rd, Beacon Point Rd, Golf Course Rd, Studholme Rd, and Far Horizon Park.

The old rules allowed for just one home per 4000sqm, but the new provisions have doubled that number to one home per 2000sqm.

Homeowners within the zone can also now alter their homes without needing a consent to do so, a requirement for any alternation under the former rules.

However, although within the large lot residential zone, properties on the slopes of Mt Iron, such as in Hidden Hills, must remain at 4000sq m and have colour limitations, so as to not ruin the landscape of the area.

The zone rules do not apply to any rural residential zoned land outside Wanaka's urban growth boundary.


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