A’town trust housing a goer

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An affordable housing development in Arrowtown’s another step closer, following the completion of a geotechnical report on the site.

The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust’s (QLCHT) received the results of an assessment on the Jopp Street site, which it’s pegged for a 70-house development.

It found the site, while “possibly susceptible” to liquefaction, had a “low to negligible” risk classification for identified natural hazards.

Remediation would be needed to allow for foundations to be built.

QLCHT’s pressing ahead with plans for the development, including developing a proposal that’s likely to go to district councillors early next year.

The 3.68-hectare piece of land is owned by the council, and has long been mulled over as a possible housing site.

But as 0.86ha of the site housed effluent treatment ponds until 1995, it was not clear whether it would be suitable to develop.

Trust executive officer Julie Scott previously said the site had been on the trust’s radar for many years.

“With housing issues worsening in the district and over 530 households on our waiting list, we are keen to explore all avenues which may provide opportunities for the development of affordable housing.”

Speaking to Scene this week, she says the trust will continue to work on a masterplan, while awaiting a decision on whether the site should be included in the urban growth boundary as low-density residential.

“QLCHT and the Shaping Our Future submitted to the proposed district plan in support of this and the planners have recommended it be rezoned to LDR.”

A geotechnical report summary states: “The site area is mapped as being ‘possibly susceptible’ to liquefaction due to the likely presence of loose fine-grained sediments. The site is in part underlain by a disturbed soil and fill layer which is most likely associated with recent remediation of aban-doned oxidations ponds and possibly old mining activity.”

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz