June, 2019Developers may have to wait 12 months or more before they will know
the options for development along Queenstown's Ladies Mile and its
At a Queenstown Lakes District council meeting in Wanaka this month,
councillors voted unanimously to accept a recommendation by senior
council planners for an investigation into an integrated approach to
developing the area.
Council planning general manager Tony Avery and planning policy
manager Ian Bayliss presented the report containing information on
options for rural residential use or urban development along Ladies Mile
and nearby areas.
This followed a decision by councillors last month to reject proposals to
recommend three Special Housing Areas to the Minister for Housing and
Mr Avery told councillors there continued to be strong demand for more
housing in Queenstown and he envisaged 2000 houses could be built in
village-type developments long Ladies Mile, as well as local shops and
Mayor Jim Boult said he did not doubt the Ladies Mile area would be
developed for housing but asked councillors to keep an open mind.
He said one of the most "troubling issues" facing any development along
Ladies Mile was traffic congestion and the Shotover Bridge reaching
capacity in peak periods.
"I don't have any confidence that NZTA is going to deliver adequately in
this regard, both in terms of road capacity and bridge capacity and what
may happen around public transport."
Continuing commuter traffic coming from Cromwell also had to be
factored into any development, he said.
Councillors agreed this was an opportunity to get the development
right, guided by best practice.
Source: Otago Daily Times
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