On Tuesday, Acting Prime Minister Grant Robertson announced that Glenpanel Development Ltd’s Flint’s Park West, offering up to 315 residential units on 8.6ha in Queenstown’s Ladies Mile, has been approved for consideration under the government’s fast-track clearances .
This is the second application to be quickly reviewed by the company.
Last year, Flint’s Park, on adjacent land to the east, also received approval for review.
It envisages either 384 residential units or, if a proposed primary school is built, 179 residential units on 15.6 ha of land.
The directors of Glenpanel Development Ltd are Mark Tylden and Lindsey Topp.
Mr Tylden said both developments were designed to be compatible with Queenstown Lakes District Council’s extended masterplan for Ladies Mile, adopted last October.
He anticipated that the consent application for Flint’s Park would be filed by July.
Subject to obtaining consent, Mr Tylden said he and Flint’s Park West would give effect to the council’s vision for the north-west end of Ladies Mile, providing a medium-density residential development, with a range variety of housing types and links to the active transportation network and public transportation infrastructure.
“The lack of housing supply and the diversity of Queenstown have been at the root of the inequalities.
“The Flint’s Park and Flint’s Park West developments will help address these issues and bring hope to many Queenstown residents who love living here but cannot move forward due to lack of availability and prohibitive housing costs. “
He said he and Mr Topp had been “pleased” with the support given by the Departments of Environment and Transport and other local and central government agencies in accelerating the projects.
“Despite negative publicity, government agencies and ministers are pushing for affordable housing, and their support has dramatically accelerated these developments,” Mr Tylden said.
However, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult remained convinced that solutions to the notorious congestion problems at Ladies Mile had to be found before any development proceeded.
But Mr Tylden said the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency would invest under the government’s ‘NZ Upgrade Program – Transport’, which included a committed investment of $115 million in Queenstown, with a focus on building infrastructure to support public transport.
Once Glenpanel Development Ltd has submitted its consent application for Flint’s Park, an independent hearing panel will be convened by the government to consider the application.
The QLDC will provide advice on matters such as district plan compliance.
– A report in yesterday’s newspaper Otago Daily Times incorrectly refers to Flint’s Park. Flint’s Park West is the development approved this week for expedited consent review.
What is offered
Flint Park (15.6 ha)
– Either 384 residential units or, if a proposed primary school is built, 179 residential units.
– Neighborhood shopping center.
– Early childhood Center.
– Historic Glenpanel Homestead retained and added for commercial use.
– Open public space.
Flint’s Park West (8.6 ha)
– 315 residential units, ie 180 residential units, a church/chapel and a school integrated into the State.
– Open public space.