Public submissions on Mt Iron Junction Development now open

Artists rendering of the workers' accommodation.

Public submissions are now open on a proposed new development that aims to alleviate the long-term and seasonal worker accommodation shortage in Wanaka.
Queenstown Lakes District Council received a resource consent application from Mt Iron Junction Ltd last November for a proposed mixed-use development on six hectares of unused land at the bottom of Mt Iron, which is bordered by State Highways (SH) 6 and 84.
Wanaka local Steve Schikker and Peter Greene are backing the proposal, which is designed with 17 two- and three-bedroom two-story villas and the town’s first workers’ village. Up to 90 seasonal and long-term working residents could find accommodation and amenities in the dedicated village.
The development would also undertake construction on a five-way roundabout at the intersection of SH 6 and 84 with Riverbank Road. Deemed as a critically needed move, the roundabout would aim to improve the safety and visibility of the intersection and connect it with the town’s existing road network.
Schikker said he is thrilled to see the support behind this project, which would help make traffic safer and meet the growing demand for more seasonal accommodation.
“Upper Clutha residents have been crying out for years for a better way to connect our roads, and especially want to see the Riverbank Road intersection made safer,” he said. “We envision this project to really provide for our community’s growth, including a workers’ accommodation village, terraced housing, an upscale motel, a childcare centre, a service station, a mini-golf course and a small, niche retail area. We welcome feedback on this proposal, which will help us to provide a community-driven development that has Wanaka’s best interests at heart.”
Included in the proposal is moving Caltex Wanaka from Ardmore Street to the site. Public submissions are open for the development until June 14.


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