District Plan now fully operative

Date:
Nov 25, 2009

A resolution was passed today by the Queenstown Lakes District Council making the final part of its District Plan operative, more than a decade on.

“This comes after 14-years, in excess of 20,000 submissions, and further submission points, and 202 Environment Court appeals,” QLDC Mayor Clive Geddes said.

Mr Geddes outlined the history of the Plan at today’s full council meeting. He paid tribute to former council legal representative Neville Marquet, in particular, and the many councillors who sat on the District Plan hearings and played a role in resolving appeals.

He also noted the dedication of community groups and individuals, who volunteered their time to take part in the District Plan process.

“The council is very grateful to all of those who have played a part in the evolution of the District Plan, which reflects the diverse and important views of our communities,” Mr Geddes said.

The last provisions to be made operative related to the collection of financial contributions under the Resource Management Act, contained in the District Plan, but never used.

Instead, the council used the Local Government Act to collect contributions from developers towards the cost of growth.

An agreement signed off by the Environment Court between the principal appellants Remarkables Park Limited and Clark Fortune McDonald Limited and the council withdrew all of the provisions that were under appeal.

“It has been a long process for the council and the community to get the District Plan operative and it needs to be acknowledged as a significant milestone for the council,’ Mr Geddes said.

The provisions will be publicly notified on 2 December, 2009 and will take effect from 10 December, 2009.

ENDS

For further information please contact Clive Geddes 03 441 0499.

By: QLDC