Decisions pending on two developments by Wanaka's Allan Dippie
Wanaka developer Allan Dippie is hopeful commissioners will approve resource consent for a private house he plans to build at Waterfall Creek, as well as a 13 lot residential Luggate development by his development company Willowridge.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council conducted hearings into the two resource consent applications in the last fortnight, with decisions now pending.
Both applications were opposed by the Upper Clutha Environmental Society on landscape grounds but Dippie said it was "unusual" that both cases did not draw any neighbourhood opposition.
Dippie said said it was "unusual" and "positive" to get a council planning report recommending consent be granted for his new Waterfall Creek home, which is in designated outstanding natural landscape.
"It was a straightforward [hearing]. I don't really want to comment on it. It is just a private house," Dippie said, when contacted after the hearings.
Meanwhile, his Waterfall Creek neighbours, Gavin and Jacquetta George are facing an Environment Court appeal by neighbours over a sports lodge and wedding function centre next door to his proposed new home.
Dippie said he believed the George development could be settled out of court on wedding function issues.
Upper Clutha Environmental Society chairman Julian Haworth also opposed the George development, on landscape grounds, and shared a similar opinion that the appeal could settle.
"I don't believe the neighbours are appealing on landscape grounds and they want to get rid of the events. But we've said we will go along with any settlement because we don't have the money to take it any further," Haworth said, when contacted after the hearings.
Haworth is opposed to the Dippie house at Waterfall Creek – "It is a disgusting place to put a house, right on the top of a knob" – and said he believed a relocated Luggate woolshed would eventually be turned into a house.
Just one other submitter, Craig Werner of Dunedin, was opposed on landscape grounds. Luggate resident Bridget McCaughan objected to the woolshed relocation.
Dippie said the woolshed would not be used for anything other than a woolshed.
"We were complemented on it . . . It is just a good opportunity recycle the thing rather than pull it down. It will continue to be a woolshed," he said.
The 13-lot Kane Road residential development is on 113ha of rural general zoned land next to a quarry owned by Central Machine Hire, another of Dippie's companies.
Part of the terraced property between McKay and Kane roads, near the Clutha River, was cleared of pine trees last year.
The land is partly designated as an outstanding natural feature in the district plan.
The Upper Clutha Environmental Society was the sole objector.
"Consented subdivision and development is cumulatively changing the character of the Upper Clutha basin and there are numerous consented residences strung along the Clutha River, many yet to be built. The threshold of absorbable development in this vicinity is greatly exceeded by the level of development proposed in the application," Haworth said.
The New Zealand Land Transport Agency made a neutral submission, pointing out issues in relation to lot 12 of the proposed subdivision and seeking conditions to protect the agency against reverse sensitivity claims in relation to traffic noise from State Highway 8A.
It also sought conditions relating to traffic management plans and closing access to the highway from lot 12.