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Green light: Queenstown's final SHA will be developed to create more than 500 sections

By GUY WILLIAMS

Queenstown’s last special housing area (SHA), Coneburn, has finally got the go-ahead for a site north of Hanley’s Farm.

It’ll be developed on a 48-hectare site now being used for grazing, and will
have 526 sections — mainly in the 450 square metre to 500sqm range —
as well as 14 bulk lots with capacity for 75 high-density residential units.

Project manager Mark Holland says earthworks are expected to start in
the first quarter of next year, with the first of five planned stages scheduled to hit the market by April 2022.

The Hamiltonian’s one of three partners in the project, all New Zealand-based, including originator Don MacLachlan.

They have a social conscience and want to ‘‘leave a good footprint’’, Holland says.

‘‘We’re targeting high-quality, affordable housing for this subdivision — it’ll be beautiful when it’s finished.

‘‘There’ll be a nice playground, and a little bit of commercial activity — I think it’s important people don’t need to come into Frankton or Queenstown itself to go to the supermarket, so we want to have a little hub.’’

One 5000sqm lot’s been set aside for commercial use.

Approved as an SHA by the government in August last year — just before the legislation enabling SHAs expired — it’s the district’s 11th and last.

Somewhere between 50 and 55 sections will be given to the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust to be used for affordable housing.

Holland’s bullish on Coneburn’s prospects, saying NZ’s property market is ‘‘still on fire’’.

‘‘Covid hasn’t really smashed us like we worried it was going to — I would love to have 150 sections on the market today in Queenstown, because the demand is still there.’’

Access from State Highway 6 will be via a new roundabout.

Coneburn’s the third consented subdivision in the Jack’s Point zone, along with Jack’s Point itself and Hanley’s Farm.

A fourth development, Woolshed Road, was proposed last month by a subsidiary of Classic Builders Group.

That company wants to develop a master-planned subdivision of 272 turn-key house and land packages on 14ha immediately to the south of Coneburn.

If Woolshed Road’s approved, and both it and Coneburn are fully developed, they’ll bring the number of sections in the area to about 3300.

That suggests an eventual population close to 10,000.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz