Residential development planned beside Timaru Golf Club
A residential development is planned at the edge of Timaru's golf course a decade after a similar proposal was first floated.
The company behind the proposal says it could boost the availability of rural residential land and increase membership at the Timaru Golf Club, which has recently invested $500,000 in improving its facilities.
To get there, Levels Golfing Lifestyles Ltd and the Timaru Golf Club want land on the border of the course to be rezoned as rural residential.
The four lots in question - which cover about 14 hectares of land - are currently zoned rural. Rezoning them means houses can be built there.
The entities confirm the proposal in a just-released joint submission to the Timaru District Council's Growth Management Strategy.
"Both the Timaru Golf Club and Levels Golfing Lifestyles Ltd seek to create residences beside and attached to the golf club to secure some membership, and assist with volunteers required to help maintain the course and assist in sharing costs of internal roads, and plant replacement," they say in the submission.
"The clubhouse is intended to be seen as a community facility, and the golf course is already used by some locals as a recreational walking area.
"The club has recently spent in excess of $500,000 improving its facilities."
Surveying company Milward Finlay Lobb prepared many of the Growth Management Strategy submissions on behalf of submitters.
One of its directors, Brian Lobb, is also one of the directors of Levels Golfing Lifestyles Ltd.
He declined to comment on the development when contacted on Friday, saying speaking publicly in the past had "messed things up".
A similar development, proposed by Te Nahi Enterprises, was first mooted in 2006.
Brian and Janya Lobb, and Jean and Cliff Eggeling were its directors. The company became Levels Golfing Lifestyles in 2007. The Eggelings ceased to be directors in 2015.
Te Nahi Enterprises' sought consent to allow it to subdivide three rural blocks into seven titles.
Its application was initially declined by a commissioner but that decision was later reversed following Environment Court mediation, with an initial seven plots approved in 2007.
Timaru Golf Club president Blue May said the club was supporting the developers.
In the long term, a residential development could boost membership, he said.
The investment in the course had it looking "the best it's ever been", he said.
"The course is just unbelievable now."
According to the submission, the company proposes to service the development through an effluent disposal system to treat to a high quality all septic effluent in a private community scheme, with discharge to land, and water from the Seadown supply which runs through the property.
It would also require private roads, with entrance through the golf club.
"The ground is flat, free draining and no stormwater network is envisaged.
"The site is close to an existing settlement of Acacia Drive, and amenities of golf course, raceway, gun club, and short distance to river fishing."
The submitters believed there would be "additional demand for larger areas of rural residential expansion beyond that currently proposed".
"We believe this land eminently suitable, and satisfies a special purpose of having lifestyle adjacent to recreational activity."