By GUY WILLIAMS
Ladies Mile masterplan be damned.
A proposal for a housing development beside the highway, rejected by Queenstown’s council nearly three years ago, has been referred by the government to a fast-track consenting process enabled by a Covid-19 recovery law.
It comes only six weeks after the council adopted a masterplan for the area in an attempt to stave off ad hoc development.
Flint’s Park emerged in early 2019 as a 250-unit, mixed-use proposal lodged with the council under special housing area rules.
It was rejected by council lors in April of that year over their concerns for the highway’s chronic congestion issues.
Glenpanel Development Ltd, whose directors are resort businessmen Mark Tylden and Lindsey Topp, now want to develop 384 residential units on a 15.6-hectare site on the
northern side of the road.
If a proposed primary school is confirmed for the site, the number of units will drop to 179.
It would also have a commercial centre and early childhood centre.
The site includes the historic Glenpanel Homestead, which would be extended to enable commercial use.
Neither Tylden nor Topp could be reached for comment by deadline, but some details of the proposal are contained in the order in council, made under the Covid-19 Recovery (Fast-
track Consenting) Act, to authorise the referral.
It shows Minister for the Environment David Parker sought comment from Queenstown’s council, the Otago Regional Council and Waka Kotahi before making his decision.
Once a panel’s appointed to consider the proposal, it has up to 70 working days to make a decision, and need only seek comment from Waka Kotahi and iwi.
The order says the development would create about 180 full-time equivalent jobs a year over a five-year construction period.