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Time Set for Damper Bay Consent Hearing

US billionaire Peter Thiel has been given a date on May 23 to present his resource consent package for a 330m long residential complex in Damper Bay, near Wanaka.

Queenstown Lakes District Council has set aside two days to hear evidence for and against the resource consent application.

The consent hearing will be conducted by Independent Resource Stewardship Commissioners Ian Munro (Chair) and Wendy Baker, and Cr Glyn Lewers, of Queenstown.

QLDC planner Sarah Gathercole has been appointed to assess the application and make a recommendation, but her report is not due until April 29.

Mr. Thiel will not present in person, with the hearing being held via Zoom.

Mr Thiel and his partner, Matt Danzeisen, have submitted their resource permit application for a luxury resort on 193ha of rural land accessible from Mt Aspiring Rd, approximately 8km west of the city limits. city ​​of Wanaka.

They proposed a publicly notified process.

The board received seven submissions – four opposing and three requesting changes.

Those opposed are the Upper Clutha Environmental Society, the Environmental Defense Society and the Longview Trust, associated with Wanaka businessman John May.

In 2011, the companies won a legal action against a six-house development of the same block of land by the former Auckland-based owners.

Otago Regional Council, Upper Clutha Tracks Trust and Guardians of Lake Wanaka are the other bidders.

In the company’s submission to council in October last year, Mr Haworth said the company opposed the large-scale development in an outstanding natural landscape already under development pressure.

The application says the buildings were designed by architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, who designed Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The building would disappear into the landscape.

There would be 10 guest accommodation units, a private “owner’s pod” with an area of ​​565 m² and other lodge management buildings.

Mr. Thiel and Mr. Danziesen also offer a separate 40m² meditation building closer to the lake.

The claimant’s planners, Rough and Milne, say the complex would be reasonably difficult to see from outside the site boundaries.

If consent is granted, the resort would provide accommodation for up to 24 people.

MARJORIE COOK