An application to build houses on land on the western slopes of Mt Iron has been opposed by 24 out of 26 submitters.
The application for submissions for the six lot subdivision closed on Friday 8 October.
Allenby Farms owns the 6974m square lot.
Currently zoned low-density suburban residential, Queenstown Lakes District Council planned to rezone a large part of it to rural, aligning it with an Environment Court decision last year deeming Mt Iron an Outstanding Natural Feature (ONF)
Many of the submissions opposing the application cited the ONF as well as the impacts on views on the hill.
Residents spokesperson Tony Marsh said the Resource Management Act identified the protection of outstanding natural features from subdivision and development as a matter of national importance.
The proposed development would involve earthworks and removal of vegetation up to 30 metres above the existing houses, which would affect the surrounding views.
The Upper Clutha Environmental Society (UCES) also opposed the application, saying: “The visual effects, amenity effects, effects on natural landscape values and cumulative effects of the development proposed, in the highly sensitive location it is proposed to be located within will be significant and adverse.”
Only two submissions supported the application.
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