Northlake may turn residential

19:43, Jul 22 2014

A tract of mixed use rural land in Wanaka could be rezoned to cater for the district's booming population in dire need of housing.

Commissioners have recommended rezoning rural and rural residential land to residential for the Northlake subdivision, which has enough potential for more than 1400 homes.

They say the council should rezone 219 hectares to the north of Aubrey Rd near Outlet Rd. The plan change to rezone was prepared by John Edmonds, who said the proposal included a 25-metre indoor public swimming pool and gym.

Queenstown Lakes District Council closed the earthquake-prone public Wanaka pool on Friday after an adverse structural engineering assessment.

Northlake stage one, if it gets a green light, could be fast-tracked to provide a new community pool by next year.

Objectors, mostly adjoining landowners and residents, have said Wanaka does not have the infrastructure for such a large zone and raised concerns about noise and traffic.

The land is owned by Chris and Michaela Meehan and the commissioners' recommendation will be considered by councillors tomorrow.

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