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April, 2021

Queenstown Lakes District Councillors have agreed to start community
engagement on a draft masterplan and associated planning provisions
for Te Pktahi Ladies Mile.
Extensive engagement with landowners, multiple stakeholders
(including Way to Go, Waka Kotahi NZTA, Iwi, Ministry of Education
(MoE), Kinga Ora), public open days, targeted community associated
meetings and expert traffic modelling, have all led to the development
of the draft Masterplan and related planning provisions.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) General Manager Planning
and Development Tony Avery said the draft plan reflected the range of
considerations presented through the eight-month development period.
Ladies Mile has been under increasing development pressure for some
time and the council recognised back in March 2020 that to deliver the
best outcome for current and future communities a council-led planning
approach was necessary. This approach was to incorporate the wide
range of community, housing, recreation, transport, green space and
infrastructure considerations for Ladies Mile and the surrounding area.
At a high level the masterplan includes a wide mix of development
densities, opportunity for an improved bus service, local facilities such
as a town centre, a primary and high school, and a community and
sports centre. These factors aim to encourage movement in and around
the area, and reduce the number of trips in private vehicles required to
cross the Shotover Bridge, added Mr Avery.
The masterplan will provide certainty to the community and set
expectations for developers on how the area could change over time.
It's a concept for the future which will be brought to life through a
district plan variation, setting clear rules for what can happen where,
he said.
Anyone interested in the draft masterplan and planning provisions will
be able to find out more and give their feedback via the QLDC
engagement platform (https://letstalk.qldc.govt.nz/ladies-mile-
masterplan), by dropping into the council offices at 10 Gorge Road, or
by attending a community information session at Shotover Primary
School to be held at 7.00pm, May 5.
Once the feedback period closes, the project team will work through all
of the feedback and consider it before finalising the Masterplan and
refining the draft planning provisions. It is expected to be presented
back to the full council for endorsement in July. At this point, the
council will be asked to make a decision on whether to formally notify a
variation to the Proposed District Plan.
Feedback closes at 5.00pm on May 28, 2021.


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