The owners of Queenstown’s Peninsula Hill have applied for resource consent to subdivide the site to provide 64 more residential sections.
The proposal, on hold with Queenstown’s council for an external report, comprises stages three to seven of the Kelvin Heights development.
Being developed by Kawarau Falls Station owners Mike Mee and his sister, Liz Dickson, the next stages are west of stage one, The Peninsula, a well-established 17-lot, 4.8-hectare subdivision about halfway along Peninsula Rd.
The proposed stages are on land above a site where the owners plan to build a restaurant and bar, next to Deer Park Heights.
Mee has a separate resource application in for what he envisages will be a solid ‘‘middle of the road’’ eatery that will be both a focal point for the future resident community and a destination, because he says there aren’t enough locals in Kelvin Heights to make it work.
‘‘A hub where people will be able to go and have a couple of drinks at night, meet each other and develop a bit of community.’’
Mee says the 64 lots in the next stages will be ‘‘nice big sections’’ between 1000 and 2000 square metres.
Consent pending, he hopes to get 35 of the sections, comprising stages three to four, to market in spring, while the remaining 29 sections ‘‘may not come on the market for many years’’.
As life-long locals, Mee says ‘‘we’re trying to create the best subdivision we can’’.
‘‘We’ve got a couple of green spaces coming down small gullies.
‘‘They’ll be planted out and have a walkway going through them.’’
The earthworks component of the application, for roads and housing platforms, is substantial — 180,000 cubic metres of works over about 30ha.
Mee says this will front-load all the work needed to prepare the land for housing ‘‘so sites that are sold and have people living in them don’t have to put up with all the mess and the noise’’.
‘‘Who knows when we’ll sell those [sections to be earthwork ed], but we just want to do the right thing for the people in front.’’
As part of the proposal, the developers have agreed to re-grass the sites once the earthworks are completed.
Stage two of Peninsula Hill, ‘Kārearea’ (native falcon), com prises 17 sections on a 4.4ha site that slopes reasonably steeply up from Peninsula Rd over a series of small terraces.
Section sizes range from 1041sqm to 3694sqm, with an average lot size of 1820sqm.
Since it was launched to market in April last year, 11 of the 17 lots have sold.
Those remaining range from $1,475,000 to $1.6m.