April, 2017Queenstown-based tourism operator Skyline Enterprises is proposing to
build a multi-level car parking building as part of its gondola
redevelopment plans, to help alleviate parking issues.
Skyline Enterprises applied to Queenstown Lakes District Council this
month for a new lease of reserve land at the back of the existing base
terminal as the first step in the process.
The move is in response to feedback during the public submission process
last year, which followed Skylines application to QLDC to undertake a
$100 million redevelopment of the entire gondola complex. Submissions
requested that Skyline provide additional parking for Skyline visitors and
If the lease for 8,361sq m of Ben Lomond Recreation Reserve is approved,
a resource consent application will be lodged for a car parking building to
provide adequate parking for the Skyline redevelopment, consisting of at
least 207 car parks. Car parks will be exclusively for the use of Skyline
Queenstown staff and customers to satisfy consent conditions. Any
additional capacity within the car park building which is still in the
design process will be available for use by the general public.
The proposed lease area increases the footprint of an existing Skyline
lease, which is already used for staff car parking behind the base terminal
at the top of Brecon Street. Estimated to cost $10m, the car parking
building would be hidden behind the proposed new base terminal and
owned and operated by Skyline.
Skyline has been actively working with traffic planners and QLDC to come
up with a solution since last October and a car parking building is the
logical answer, Skyline Enterprises Executive Chairman Mark Quickfall
Weve been listening to the local communitys feedback and have taken
it on board. We recognise there is an issue with car parking in central
Queenstown, and with future projections in local population and visitor
growth, we need to respond accordingly.
Providing parking on-site makes it easier for people of all ages and
abilities to access the gondola, and saves them having to park in the
existing on-street car parks on Brecon Street and within the town centre
and then walking up the hill to the gondola terminal, he says.
In addition, significant work would be undertaken to improve pedestrian
and cycleway access to Ben Lomond Recreation Reserve.
The application will involve a notified public process.
Meanwhile, the Environment Court is expected to sit for the gondola
application in late May. The car parking proposal will be presented at the
Skyline is committed to taking a balanced and considered approach for
our gondola development project. Its our biggest investment for Skyline
Queenstown in 30 years, but we also want to make sure our world-class
facility is something that the community can be proud of, Quickfall adds.
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