Appeals stall huge development


Three appeals threaten delays against a huge housing development near Queenstown.

The Environment Court appeals are against a district plan change to rezone about 520ha at Hanley Downs, formerly Henley Downs, next to the Jacks Point subdivision.

The Australian RCL Group has plans for up to 2165 residential lots on the land, which is sandwiched between Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, next to State Highway 6.

The appeals request a slew of amendments to plan provisions.

Neighbouring landowner and quarry operator Scope Resources Ltd - owned by Phil Dunstan and Grant Hensman - asks that PC44 be rejected in its entirety.

The decision fails to address the company’s concerns about “reverse sensitivity effects” detailed in its submissions to a council-appointed commission that assessed the plan change.

Those effects and likely resulting complaints pose a “real threat to major business operations occurring on Scope’s land, which serves the majority of the construction and development industry in the Wakatipu Basin”, the appeal says.

The Jacks Point Residents and Owners Association and joint appellants Henley Downs Land Holdings Ltd and Henley Downs Farm Holdings Ltd have requested an “education innovation campus” be reinstated.

The commission rejected plans for the campus on a 13.2ha site.

RCL applied to have the district plan changed in 2013.

After objections caused delays, Plan Change 44 was approved by Queenstown’s council in March.

Hanley Downs was originally covered by the Jacks Point Resort Zone and had approval for 1364 residences. RCL and other landowners want to build more, enabling higher density with houses priced at $500,000 and above.

With Jacks Point’s 712 sections and the up to 2165 residential lots planned for Hanley Downs, the entire Jacks Point zone would be about three times the size of Arrowtown. 

Otago Daily Times