Wanaka pipes up over master plan

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Wanaka residents have been making their voices heard on the draft Wanaka town centre master plan, with more than 1300 submissions made.
But Wanaka Central Business District Property Owners Group spokesman Roger Gardiner said the council were ‘‘winding people up’’ with ‘‘harebrained ideas’’ that may not ever happen.
The pedestrianisation trial on March 14-19, when parts of Ardmore and Helwick Sts were closed, was ‘‘nothing more than a Mardi Gras’’, Mr Gardiner said.
He was critical of how useful feedback from a trial like that was towards a draft master plan, as people would be ‘‘predisposed’’ to offer positive comment.
The council ‘‘didn’t want to entertain constructive
Future plans . . . Wanaka Central Business District Property Owners Group spokesman Roger Gardiner is interested to see if community feedback to the draft Wanaka town centre master plan is positive or negative. PHOTO: ALLIED PRESS FILES
criticism’’, he said.
There might be a ‘‘massive backlash’’ because property owners and businesses were not given the opportunity to be involved at an earlier point.
If the feedback received was all negative and none of it was positive, the council might have to backtrack, Mr Gardiner said.
‘‘If the feedback is highly critical and very negative, will they still adopt it?’’
A Queenstown Lakes District Council spokeswoman said the council was at present working through the more than 1300 submissions.
They did not ask any questions around gender or occupation, but did collect information on residency and age.
Of those who responded, 86% were residents, 12% were occasional residents, 1% domestic visitors and 1% were international visitors.
63% were over 45, 14% were aged 30-44, 4% were 19-29 and 15% were under-18.
The feedback would be published in full online on Monday, August 12, and would be discussed at the Wanaka Community Board meeting on August 15, she said.