The notoriously bad intersection on State Highway 6 that intersects Albert Town and Hawea with Wanaka is set to get a roundabout as part of a proposed development on land at the base of Mount Iron.
Mt Iron Junction Ltd has lodged a resource consent application with Queenstown Lakes District Council for a proposed mixed-use development on 6ha of unused land at the base of Mount Iron, bounded by State Highways 6 and 84.
The proposed development, Mt Iron Junction, will provide terraced housing, relieve accommodation and transport concerns, and better connect the residents of Upper Clutha.
Stage one of Mt Iron Junction development comprises terraced housing in the form of 17 two- and three- bedroom two-storey villas, as well as Wanaka’s first dedicated workers’ village with accommodation and amenities for up to 90 seasonal and long-term working residents; plus childcare and mini golf facilities. Stage two (which has not been applied for in the current application) will include an upscale motel, a service station and a small, niche retail area.
“It’s a win-win because we can’t access our land there without a roundabout and NZTA can’t create a roundabout without us giving them some land so we are in a mutual benefit situation,” said Steve Schikker, director of Mt Iron Junction Ltd.
“The actual roundabout itself is not part of our application but we couldn’t get consent without it so we are working with NZTA and they are currently consulting with Opus for the construction.”
Notably, the development includes a petrol station which will help draw campervans and boat trailers away from the town centre to refuel and lessen the congestion caused by large vehicles on Ardmore Street. It is proposed that the Caltex station on Ardmore Street will close and relocate to the proposed development.
Many residents will be thrilled at the idea of a safer intersection. Whilst timing is uncertain, Schikker hopes the resource consent will be granted through public notification without having to go through the Environmental Court and that construction can then get underway immediately.