Further submissions for Stage 3 and 3B of Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Proposed District Plan (PDP) are now open, following a public submission process late last year. A summary of all these submissions and rezoning proposals have been prepared and mapped on the QLDC website, which you can take a look at and have your say.
“In-line with the Resource Management Act, further submissions cannot extend the scope of an
original submission. Further submissions can only support or oppose an original submission and there is no need to make a further submission on a matter you have already submitted on,” said QLDC Planning Policy Manager Ian Bayliss.
If you’re a person who is representing a relevant aspect of public interest or anyone who has an interest in the proposed plan greater than the general public, you can make a further submission. Niamh Shaw, QLDC Councillor, says “As a layperson I find the PDP quite dense and inaccessible, but if you want to give feedback on how land can be developed in the region, this is the process.”
Don’t let the technical writing or bulk of it scare you off, as Stage 3 and 3B of the PDP cover important aspects such General Industrial, Three Parks Commercial, Settlement
(Townships), Wāhi Tūpuna, Residential and Business Mixed Use Design Guidelines, 100 Ballantyne Road, Rural Visitor Zone, and a number of variations. It’s aspects like these that control zoning, which leads to such debacles like the unpopular planned 113-room hotel in Wānaka's Northlake subdivision. “Northlake has shown that District Plans are always vulnerable to large, well-funded developers applying for plan changes under the RMA,” said Shaw. So, if you’re passionate about the future of Wānaka and what that looks like, get online and have your say. Further submissions close on Monday, February 17 at 5pm.