Proposal develops as plan change submissions resume

Plans for a golf course and new residential and commercial subdivision just outside of the Cardrona township are progressing as a second round of submissions on the proposal open.

Plan Change 52 seeks to alter Mt Cardrona Station Special Zone established in 2011.

If approved, the plan change will allow Mt Cardrona Station Ltd to build a 12-hole golf course as well as develop commercial, residential and visitor accommodation in the 131ha zone about 2km north of Cardrona township.

So far 10 submissions have been made on the plan change. Only one opposed the plan in its current form.

A second round of submissions are now open until May 1.

Mt Cardrona Station Ltd owner Chris Morton said he was confident most of the issues raised by the submitters would be addressed before a hearing was held on the proposal.

Concerns were raised about the area between the special zone and existing properties in Pringles Creek Rd and Gin and Raspberry Lane.

Property owners in the area want a 100m buffer or reserve zone between them and the southern boundary of the proposed development.

There are also concerns about water usage by the planned golf course and the commercial and residential development.

Mr Morton said his company was working with the Queenstown Lakes District Council to develop the infrastructure for the area which would benefit the entire community.

Preserving the current view of the night sky was also raised by some of the submitters.

In a response, the plan change request was amended to ensure all street lighting would be designed to maintain the current view of the night sky.

Mr Morton said he was involved in a similar situation at Great Barrier Island which was going through a process to be categorised as a dark-sky reserve.

''It's pretty exciting and is a point of difference compared to in the towns where the view of the night sky is restricted.''

Support for the plan came from the Cardrona Residents Association, the neighbouring Cardrona Alpine Resort and Back Country Quads, a motorcycle trekking company based in the Cardrona Valley.

In his submission, residents' association chairman Blyth Adams said the planned development would support infrastructure upgrades, such as grey water and sewage disposal, for the township and also include much needed housing.

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