Mt Barker residents say a proposed 2.9km shared pedestrian and cycle path from Wanaka to Corbridge Farm is the “minimum” the Silverlight Studio developers could do to compensate the community should it win fast-track resource consent for its $280million film studio proposal.
The Mt Barker Residents Association opposes the development, describing it as having an “irreversibly transformational” economic impact and lacking focus on social effects, which was “fundamentally wrong”.
If the development must go ahead, the pathway should be the “minimum” condition, the association said.
The Mt Barker Residents Association is one of several organisations invited to send comments to an expert panel overseeing the fast-track consent process.
It said Silverlight must show how to mitigate the impact of more than 4000 people moving into the district; and make far greater commitments to the community.
The Upper Clutha Environmental Society last month released comments supporting the Silverlight development.
However, the society sought a multitude of conditions, including a 2.9km shared cycle and pedestrian path from Wanaka to Corbridge Farm, near Wanaka Airport.
The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust and Active Transport Wanaka supported the call for the shared pathway and last week said initial conversations with the developer about it had been positive.