Lakeview ideas likely to stir vigorous debate
The future of central Queenstown's Lakeview site is likely to prompt lively public debate, with residents already making a range of suggestions in public submissions.
The 4-hectare parcel of freehold council land is at the top of Man St next to the Lakeview Holiday Park.
The prime central Queenstown real estate has been considered for redevelopment since 2005 on a leasehold basis. Existing cabins on the site are owned by the council, which rents them month by month, meaning there are no long-term obligations hindering future development.
Submissions include demands to create a public reserve on the land, allow commercial activities, change it to a high-density residential zone.
One resident asked that there be no community housing built on the site.
With such differing submissions, the council will have trouble pleasing everyone when it makes its final decision.
"It is one of the prime sites in Queenstown and you want to get the best out of it," Deputy Mayor Lyal Cocks said.
Concerns that a finite 120-year lease period could put off potential homeowners, Cr Mel Gazzard asked whether longer-term options had been considered.
Leasehold was a less attractive form of housing, he said.
However, selling the site had been ruled out by previous councils and Cr Leigh Overton said there had been a "very strong" move to keep the site in council hands.
Mayor Vanessa van Uden said although the site was in a residential zone, the objectives adopted by the council for the Lakeview site gave it flexibility to include commercial and other activities.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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