Queenstown Lakes District’s Councillors will be asked to consider a fee increase for Table and Chair licences at their full council meeting today (Thursday, January 31).
The licences allow for and encourage al fresco dining to provide “vibrant and attractive streets” within the district’s town centres.
QLDC general manager property and infrastructure, Peter Hansby, said the rental rates under the council’s Table and Chair Policy have not increased since it was adopted in 2006.
“A current market rent valuation has been completed and has indicated the rents are now well under market rate,” he said.
“The recommendation we’re putting to Councillors is to partially increase rents for the 2019 licence renewals due later this year. This would be a first step towards reflecting the assessed market rents with a further rent review proposed in 2020,” he said.
The increase would be implemented at the next renewal in the Wanaka ward in September 2019, with fees of $100 for Wanaka waterfront and $70 for remaining Wanaka pavements proposed. The new figures reflected a 100 percent increase on the fees set in 2006 which are currently in force.
“The council has a significant number of town centre improvements planned over coming years. The increased rent received from the Table and Chairs licences will assist in paying for those projects,” Hansby said.
Council documents consider current market rates in Wanaka to be $160 (waterfront) and $130 (remaining pavements), however a partial increase in rents is recommended for the next renewal, “in order to balance the need to increase rents towards market, with the needs of the operators to be able to plan ahead and budget for the cost of rent. On this basis, operators should expect further increases over coming years”.