December, 2021Queenstown Lakes District councillors made the decision to adopt the
partial review of the Queenstown Bay Foreshore Reserves Management
Plan (RMP) 2016 at the full council yesterday.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) General Manager Community
Services, Thunes Cloete shared that the decision meant the RMP would
be revised to include a new policy, including a potential new
commercial activity/access area over St Omer Park, near Brunswick
Street and Beach Street in Queenstown.
This review included consideration for a single licence for one formed
access across St Omer Park for commercial purposes, in a specific
location. This access will be for the sole purpose to assist pedestrian
movement across the reserve associated with a commercial activity,
said Dr Cloete.
265 submissions were received on the review of the Queenstown Bay
Foreshore Reserves Management Plan 2016, with a Hearing Panel
consisting of Councillors Heath Copland, Niamh Shaw and Glyn Lewers
hearing from 15 people in support of their submissions.
Following these submissions, Councils Hearing Panel has sought to
reinforce expectations for public use in St Omer Park, resulting in a new
plan that defines and restricts the commercial access area, said Dr
As a result, any potential new commercial pedestrian access area over
St Omer Park would be restricted to approximately 25.5m2 (3m x 8.5m).
Dr Cloete acknowledged community feedback on the review, saying that
Council understood how deeply the community felt about the protection
of St Omer Park.
While this review does allow for an access over the reserve, the
outcome of any consideration to grant such a consent will still be at the
councils discretion, and we have a number of controls to protect St
Omer Park, added Dr Cloete.
In future, any resource consent application would have to demonstrate
positive elements which outweigh potential adverse effects to the
publics use of the reserve, and instead materially benefit users of the
Furthermore, a potential licence for access over St Omer Park could
contain conditions that the council considers necessary to assure the
publics rights and enjoyment of the reserve, and to protect free public
access to and over the area.
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