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What’s in a plan?

Mark Price To acknowledge the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s new, 108-page-long ‘‘draft spatial plan’’, Mountain Scene has given me space for just 400 words. Thanks, Tracey. The plan sets out the big-picture future for the district over the next 30 years. It’s...
By GUY WILLIAMS A bridge across the Shotover River, and the use of an old tunnel, could be snags in the Queenstown Trails Trust’s quest to extend its biking trail network. The trust’s application for resource consent to build the 15km...

Views on billboard split

By GUY WILLIAMS A large digital billboard proposed for the side of Queenstown’s Crowne Plaza hotel has attracted nearly 50 submissions. As revealed in Mountain Scene on March 11, the 34 square metre billboard will display advertising aimed at pedestrians and...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A seven-metre-deep digital billboard proposed for the side of Queenstown’s Crowne Plaza hotel has some locals seeing red. The 34 square metre billboard would display advertising messages aimed at pedestrians and motorists headed westwards along Shotover Street. Running 24/7,...
By GUY WILLIAMS A masterplanned 12-section residential subdivision proposed for a Ladies Mile site has received a unanimous thumbs-down from affected parties. The unnamed proposal was lodged by Queenstown Commercial Ltd in October for the roughly one-hectare site, which backs on...

Trial runs late

By GUY WILLIAMS As Rachel Hunter might say, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. That’s the word from the Otago Regional Council, which tells Mountain Scene the long-awaited trial of a subsidised ferry service on Lake Whakatipu will happen,...

Olive Leaf nipped in the bud

By GUY WILLIAMS A lobby group opposed to the ‘Olive Leaf’ building proposed for Arrowtown is relieved consent’s been declined. Members of the NoLeaf society, formed four years ago to fight the proposal, say they hope the decision by independent commissioners,...

Fernhill hotel’s consent fail

By GUY WILLIAMS Independent commissioners have refused resource consent for a controversial $100 million hotel in Fernhill. Coherent Hotel Ltd applied last December for an eight-storey, 89-room hotel on a 10,400sqm site in Queenstown’s Aspen Grove, below the Kamana Lakehouse hotel,...
By GUY WILLIAMS The fate of a contentious building proposed for land beside Arrowtown’s St Patrick’s Church is being considered at a resource consent hearing in Queenstown this week. The Olive Leaf Trust’s proposal for a Gaudi-inspired building, designed by Lake...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Glenorchy developer's forging ahead with plans to resurrect the town's same site as the original Mount Earnslaw Hotel once stood. Douglas Rikard-Bell applied for consent late last year after his company, Blackthorn Ltd, bought the vacant 8079 square...
By HUGH COLLINS Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum won't be getting a dollar from the government's 'shovel-ready' fund. But, its fight for survival is far from over. Museum director David Clarke says the staff heard last Thursday the application to central government for money...
Last November, Otago Regional Council held an extraordinary meeting to hear from Professor Peter Skelton, tasked with judging whether its water planning framework was fit for purpose. It needed to deal with "deemed permits" (historic mining privileges), expiring in October...
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