Environment Court Judge Jane Borthwick, presiding over a Plan Change 19 substantive hearing in February, called it "extraordinarily complex."
In 1995 the council notified zoning of the land. After various efforts to rezone parcels of the rural general use land, the court suggested a complete rezoning in 2005.
In July Judge Borthwick will preside over lower-order matters for Plan Change 19 and Plan Change 35, which relates to the level of acceptable airport noise over the entire Frankton area.
Mr Pannett said Judge Borthwick's pending rulings would direct land use in the entire area.
The care and time taken in the entire process reflected the importance the council placed on the land – one of the last areas available for large-scale retail development in the Wakatipu basin.
The two proposed stores would be built across a car park from one another, on a site under a sale and purchase agreement with Shotover Park Ltd – the sister company of stalwart Queenstown property developer Remarkables Park Ltd.
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