Jets flying low over Luggate is one of the more unpleasant future scenarios for the town, says recently appointed Luggate Community Association chairman Dave Hawkins.
If Wanaka Airport was expanded in the future, Mr Hawkins feared Luggate could become an area for support services related to the airport, for example hire car firms or storage facilities.
‘‘I think Luggate could just get swallowed up as an industrial area.’’
Homes in the area including his house on Church Rd could be directly under flight paths, with planes only about 200m above his roof, as they took off, he said.
Luggate was experiencing dramatic growth, and had changed significantly since he first visited the village during a holiday from England in 1993.
He bought a house in Wanaka in 1997 and spent summers in the area, enjoying leisure pursuits, including paragliding.
In 2006, he decided to move to the region permanently, first living in Wanaka and then moving to Luggate in 2012.
He had barely moved in when there was a knock on the door and former Luggate Community Association chairman Geoff Taylor welcomed him to the village, inviting him to get involved in the project to restore a historic wooden wagon.
The wagon now stands in Taylor Park along with two concrete draught horses created by sculptor Deane Weastell, as a tribute to Upper Clutha Transport (formerly Reid’s Transport) which has had a depot in Luggate for more than 100 years.
‘‘So that got me on to the committee back then and I’ve been working with the Luggate Community Association ever since.’’
Luggate had ‘‘blossomed’’ since the 1990s and he was looking forward to future developments, including the new Luggate Memorial Centre which would break new ground for community halls with an ultra-low energy passive house concept.
Once construction began it could be rapid, as the hall was being prefabricated in Cromwell, he said.
It was anticipated the hall would be completed by October this year.
Development wasn’t all bad — ‘‘it has to happen, people have to have places to live’’.
Some future projections were there would be another 300 homes in Luggate in 30 years, but Mr Hawkins thought it could be more like another 1000 homes by that time.
At the moment, the village was in an in-between state where it was growing but was still not quite big enough for additional amenities.
Future growth could mean additional services like schools, shops and medical facilities could become more viable, he said.