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Commissioners have adjourned a two-day resource consent hearing into whether US tech billionaire Peter Thiel should be granted development rights for a 99ha property his company Second Star owns at Damper Bay, Wanaka.

A final decision is not likely until July because the commissioners have asked the applicants for more information.

Hearing panel chairman Ian Munro set a June 10 deadline for the applicant to file a written right of reply, including more details about a “back of house” building, for which no design plans had been offered.

He also asked for draft consent conditions, which had also not previously been drafted by the applicant, though council staff had drafted a set.

The applicant’s planner John Edmonds was directed to work with Queenstown Lakes District Council senior planner Sarah Gathercole on the final set of conditions.

Mr Munro also requested more information about a proposed planting programme and a possible on-site nursery.

Peter Thiel proposed luxury lodge in Wanaka.

A nursery was discussed during the hearing but had not previously been mentioned in the application.

Mr Munro and fellow commissioners Wendy Baker and Glyn Llewers will make a second site visit and view the development from the Glendhu Bay Track. He said it became apparent during the hearing there were sight points from the track that they needed to experience.

Mr Munro said he wanted to be quite clear the commissioners had not made up their minds what they would decide.

They had to make a decision based on full information, which they did not have.

“Although we are discussing conditions of consent, that should not be taken in any way an inclination on our part we are going to grant consent,” he said.

Mr Munro aid all submitters should get copies of Second Star’s right of reply.

Peter Thiel proposed luxury lodge in Wanaka.