Wanaka subdivision hearing continues
A commissioners' hearing has begun in Wanaka for an 84-hectare subdivision, opposed by nearby residents.
The two-day hearing, held by commissioners David Collins and Gillian McLeod, will continue today for Orchard Road Holdings, which wants to create a 19-lot subdivision at the triangular area bounded by Cardrona Valley, Riverbank and Orchard roads.
The proposal would include three clusters of four or five houses, with 130-150m open space between each cluster.
Orchard Road director Allan Dippie said since buying the land in 2004 his company had leased it for farming purposes.
The layout of the subdivision would include open pastoral land surrounding the clusters for grazing and to act as a green belt.
The area was useful for grazing because of its water rights and would continue to be a farming unit to contribute to the Wanaka economy, Mr Dippie said.
The pastoral areas would be covenanted against further subdivision or building.
Controls would also be put in place about building heights, cladding and colour, plantings and roading.
A total of eight submissions were received on the proposal, all opposing it. Seven of those submitters wanted to have their submissions heard during the hearing.
Several of the submissions raised concerns over the proposal to use septic tanks and the potential to leach into the Cardrona aquifer and because the subdivision was outside the town's inner development boundary.
Mr Dippie said there had been a lot of advancement in septic tank technology and products were available which could purify the water to a degree it could be suitable for reuse for domestic irrigation.
Ms McLeod raised concerns about the management plans of the project, such as who would take care of fallen trees, and that the subdivision was close to a fault line.
Mr Collins said the decision would be reserved.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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