December, 2018The Queenstown Lakes District Council is supporting a controversial
rural hotel development, which has attracted strong opposition from
A planning report recommends the proposal for a 380-room hotel at
Waterfall Park, near Arrowtown, proceed with conditions.
The proposed four-star hotel would be built in four blocks with two
restaurants, facilities for large events, a wellness centre with day spa,
yoga studio and swimming pool and a wedding chapel.
The resource consent application attracted 13 submissions 12 in
opposition to the plan, including those from neighbours, as well as the
Friends of Lake Hayes Society Incorporated and Arrowtown Landscape
Protection Society Incorporated.
Developers Winton Partners, a company associated with developers
Chris and Michaela Meehan, have had three previous proposals for the
site turned down by the council.
The council rejected plans in August 2016 to recommend a 141-lot
subdivision at Waterfall Park for Special Housing Area status.
Two earlier proposals for retirement villages on the neighbouring
Ayrburn Farm land, which is included in the hotel proposal, were also
Residents are concerned the hotel proposal will degrade the water
quality of Mill Stream, which runs through the proposed development,
and nearby Lake Hayes.
They also believe there is insufficient infrastructure to support the
hotel, including potable water, wastewater and roading.
Conditions recommended by the council include increased tree planting
to screen buildings from nearby viewpoints and protect the native eco-
A public hearing of the proposal before independent commissioners is
scheduled for January 22 and 23.
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