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March, 2022

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is asking for the communitys
views on what people value most about a range of priority landscapes
across the district.
The feedback will help council draft landscape schedules to be included
in the Queenstown Lakes District Plan.
A landscape schedule describes the values and elements of an area that
people care about. They are used to assess resource consent
applications and determine what development can be accommodated in
the area without compromising these values and elements.
QLDC General Manager Planning and Development Tony Avery
encouraged people to consider the specific areas identified through the
process and to share what it is about these locations that matters most.
We want to know what our districts distinctive landscapes mean to
you, and what you value about our lakes, rivers, alpine, high country
and rural character areas, said Mr Avery.
These values could include how an area looks, the quality and quantity
of its vegetation and wildlife, your own experience of being in the
landscape, the impact it has on your sense of wellbeing, its historic or
cultural significance, what it tells us about how it was created, and the
recreational benefits we get from it.
Council is drafting one schedule of landscape values for each of the 29
identified areas plus the entire Upper Clutha rural character landscape
following direction from the Environment Court.
Using the Queenstown Hill and Ferry Hill outstanding natural feature as
an example, some may regularly enjoy using this areas public walking
tracks and value the recreational opportunities provided there, while
others might love the spectacular views from the Queenstown Hill
summit, said Mr Avery.
This is the stuff we want to hear about. By sharing your feedback you
can help us capture whats important to the community and include it in
our toolkit for assessing development proposals.
Following this feedback process the landscape schedules will be
completed and formally notified as a District Plan Change later in the


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