Council boss is peacemaker at Frankton Flats


The battle lines are drawn – what’s happening where

1 Five Mile – stage one
Known as “Hendo’s Hole” after original owner Dave Henderson’s Five Mile complex crashed, Auckland-based owner Tony Gapes will now build a state-of-the-art retail centre on 7.8ha site from August

2 Lakes Leisure
QLDC’s recreation arm is developing a master plan for future sports facilities. Out for public consultation later this year

3 Queenstown Airport Corporation
QAC has three current projects – air noise boundaries, runway end safety area (a) and land acquisition from Remarkables Park land (b). QAC wants this 19ha slice of Remarkables Park to expand general aviation whereas Remarkables Park wants it for recreation. The Environment Court will decide

4 Remarkables Park
Remarkables Park developers Alastair, John and Neville Porter have grand plans for their 150ha farm. Over the next decade, they plan a high school, tertiary campus and accommodation, retirement village, hospital, arts and culture centre, hotel and extended commercial areas. Private plan change lodged this week to expand retail areas

5 Eastern access road
Proposal to move existing Glenda Drive entrance to a roundabout (5a) is currently part of the Plan Change 19 debate in the Environment Court. The rest of the planned road – below RESA to Remarkables Park – is being negotiated

6 Plan Change 19
This rural-zoned block is being fought over by all main Frankton Flats landowners, with QLDC wanting to re-zone it commercial and residential. The argument is how much will be used for retail and where – it’s before the Environment Court. Landowners are: (a) Tony Gapes – Five Mile stage two, (b) Porter brothers’ Shotover Park, (c) Queenstown Airport Corporation and (d) trust company FM Custodians, which seized a piece from Henderson’s failed Five Mile company

The commercial battleground that is Frankton Flats sees Queenstown Lakes District Council playing the role of mediator. 

In recent months, the council has set up a “strategic coordination group” for the prime area, comprising major landowners and stakeholders, each with their own agenda. 

With Frankton Flats the resort’s main gateway, the council recognises its significance and wants to “bring a sense of coherence” to bear on all parties, council boss Debra Lawson says. 

“Frankton Flats is strategic for all sorts of reasons. It’s one of the few bits of flat land in an urban environment we have. It’s a hub of leisure, retail, commercial, the airport and schools. 

“There’s just so much going on here, so many activities, so many different parties, so many challenges and so many plan changes. We’ve tried to get a sense of that to make sure that we as a council are doing the very best we can.” 

The coordination group tries to minimise confusion or cross-over on resource consent matters headed for the Environment Court, as well as looking ahead to future development. 

“It’s not easy given the number of players and the number of activities, in what is a really important strategic site for the district,” Lawson says. 

“We’re trying to get the very best outcome for the community, that’s at the forefront of our minds,” she adds.