Mount Cardrona Station Plan Change Notified

Sep 12, 2007

The Mount Cardrona Station Plan Change will be notified tomorrow (Wednesday), Queenstown Lakes District Council senior policy analyst Ralph Henderson said.

The council last month approved the plan change, which would relocate potential future development of a village from the highly visible base of the Cardrona access road to a terrace above the Cardrona Valley Road.

"At a workshop in 2003 the Cardrona community identified that the development of the existing 17 hectare zone would create some significant negative effects. The council approached Mount Cardrona Station in 2005, which has worked with the council and the community for the last two years to develop the plan change," Mr Henderson said.

The proposed new zone would allow for a mixture of high and low density development, including an education precinct and affordable housing on around 23 hectares of land with over 92 hectares retained for green space and pedestrian linkages.

In addition, the zone provisions would ensure an appropriate mix of uses within the zone, such as provision of permanent residential housing, visitor accommodation, worker housing, and ancillary small scale commercial amenities.

Tomorrow's notification was the result of a great deal of work by all parties, Mount Cardrona Station spokesman Ross Hawkins said.

"The plan change offers a range of benefits to the wider community. It reduces the effects of potential development on the landscape, and will provide high quality urban design. It's an excellent result for the community, the council and the landowner," he said.

A key objective of the plan change was also to create a truly sustainable development.

"This will be achieved through a range of mechanisms, including controls on water use, stormwater management, and the provision of an owners sustainability guide to future landowners," Mr Hawkins said.

Submissions on the plan change must be with the council by 5pm Friday October 12.

"We will then notify a summary of submissions and call for further submissions, which will be followed by a hearing," Mr Henderson said.


For further comment please contact Ralph Henderson 03 441 0499 or Ross Hawkins 027 472 0577.

By: Tamah