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The application was heard by independent commissioners Dr Lee Beattie and Jane Sinclair yesterday.
The Northlake special zone part of the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s district plan requires the developer to create 20 affordable lots, each capable of accommodating a three-bedroom residential unit, and marketed at a 2014 maximum of $160,000 — inflation adjusted to be $190,181.
Queenstown Lakes District Council senior planner Sarah Gathercole was concerned there was no way to separate the price of the lot and the price of the dwelling when sold.
For this, and other urban design reasons, she recommended the proposal be refused.
Northlake lawyer Warwick Goldsmith told the hearing the application had been amended to remove all reference to affordable lots.
He did not rule the designation being reapplied to the proposed terrace houses, depending on discussions with the council.
The 20 lots range in size from 155sqm to 355sqm and adjoin a reserve at the rear.
Other matters dealt with included the terrace houses’ setback from the street, the way car parks were provided and pedestrian link changes.
Mr Goldsmith told the hearing about 310 Northlake special zone lots had been consented and sold, ‘‘and a further 540 residential lots are in the process of being consented and or developed’’.
The terrace houses are proposed for the zone’s medium density residential area.