Wanaka’s first proposed development under the Special Housing Area (SHA) Act has been submitted to the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC).
Bright Sky Land Ltd had submitted a proposal that would include 281 homes in a range of sizes and specifications from one bedroom to four.
Bright Sky co-owner and builder, David Reid, said a new road was being built from Cardrona Valley Rd which would join with Gordon Rd, off Ballantyne Rd.
“There’s a new road that’s basically coming off Cardrona Valley Rd, just south of the medical centre and hospital, and runs alongside the retirement village and Alpine Estate,” Mr Reid said.
The subdivision would be close to the new Three Parks retail development and the new Wanaka recreation centre, enabling people to walk to work, Mr Reid said.
“That will essentially become the new town centre, so like Frankton’s become for Queenstown, Three Parks will become for Wanaka,” he said.
“It’s 10 minutes’ walk from here, 15 minutes’ walk to the lakefront. We’ve got the medical facility straight down where we are building the road,” Mr Reid said.
“People can walk everywhere, which is a big part, to me, of what SHAs are trying to achieve – creating a whole lot more housing at an affordable rate.”
QLDC senior planner, planning and development, Anita Vanstone, said council guidelines for SHA developments were that at least 10% of the residential component was identified for affordable housing.
Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust executive officer Julie Scott said they had met the developers to discuss the 10% affordable housing component.
“This is now a requirement for all new Special Housing Areas and means 10% of the land comes to the trust to be held in perpetuity for the benefit of the community.
“We’re excited at the prospect of delivering more secure and affordable housing to those needing it in Wanaka,” she said.
would work with the community trust to design houses that suited their needs but also “fit in with our whole design flow”.
The News understands that Universal Developments also had an SHA proposal for 1000 sections in Lake Hawea, but this had yet to be formally presented to the council.
Hawea Community Association chairman Paul Cunningham said the owner of Universal Developments, Lane Hocking, had discussed the proposal with the association.
“The development will encompass around a thousand sections, but Mr Hocking pointed out this would happen over a long time, a minimum of 20 years,” Mr Cunningham said.
The council had provided an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the Bright Sky proposal – visit: