NZ Transport Agency

Bigger rates burden

By MARK PRICE Queenstown Lakes ratepayers will have to dig a little deeper this year to pay for  maintenance of the Crown Range Road. A big reduction in subsidy signalled by the NZ Transport Agency six or seven years ago takes...
By GUY WILLIAMS The last time Greg Thompson had a ‘light bulb moment’, it turned into a multi-million-dollar roading project that fixed the dangerous Tucker Beach Road-State Highway 6 intersection. Now the energetic Quail Rise resident’s made a submission to Queenstown council’s...
By KERRIE WATERWORTH and MARK PRICE Queenstown Lakes councillors have agreed to start community engagement on a draft masterplan and associated planning provisions for Ladies Mile between Frankton and Lake Hayes. City Hall planning and development boss Tony Avery says the...

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...

Parking rules needed

By GUY WILLIAMS Councils will have to step up and provide better parking management and public transport options when on-site parking requirements for developers are abolished next year, Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter says. Genter, who spoke at a public...
Three hearty cheers for councillor Val Miller, supported by councillor Penny Clark, in their call for a relaxation of the council/NZ Transport Agency anti-car policy in the Queenstown commercial area. It is a breath of fresh air, particularly after five...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Otago Regional Council’s asked the government to stump up for Queenstown’s share of its public transport business case. ORC recently endorsed the business case in principle, to guide about $200 million worth of investment decisions — the cost of...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH While it could be a decade before a new two-lane bridge’s built at Arthurs Point, a group of transport and council boffins hope another bridge, just for cyclists and pedestrians, will be in place much sooner. The Way to...

Lake-hugging land for sale

By PHILIP CHANDLER Clever planning’s resulted in a magnificently-located mini Queenstown development, now on the market. Lakeshore comprises three large sections, right above Frankton Track and Frankton Arm, and two others just above. The subdivision, created by a local family with engineering...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Plans to increase housing in Ladies Mile and Frankton by up to 4000 units rely on Kiwis ditching cars in favour of bus and ferry networks. That’s according to the growing list of consultant-produced and council-commissioned plans for...

$90 million road splurge

It was a red-letter day for Queenstown infrastructure yesterday as the government announced a $90 million spend-up on our roads. And Otago Regional Council decided to save the Queenstown Water Ferry at the eleventh hour. The government announced the Wakatipu's funding...
In an exit interview with Philip Chandler, Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd fires shots at unconstructive criticism of the resort's growth. He takes a tilt at NZ Transport Agency, too, but also pinpoints his highlights, and his reasons for moving to Invercargill Destination Queenstown's CEO's...
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