QLDC believes that the Queenstown town centre is at risk due to
the oversupply of business zoned land around Frankton coupled with
the Queenstown town centre zone being at or near capacity. An
independently commissioned report has identified a clear oversupply
of business zoned land in the Frankton area and there is a serious
concern that this oversupply could result in a decline of
Queenstown's town centre if tourist related businesses are
To address this concern, QLDC has identified an urgent need to
expand the Queenstown town centre zone. QLDC believes that the
rezoning of the Lakeview site (currently a holiday park) together
with some small surrounding landholdings, into town centre style
zoning is a solution worth considering. They have therefore lodged
an application for a plan change (Plan Change 50) which seeks to
rezone the Lakeview site, together with three other adjoining urban
blocks of land, from high density residential zone to Queenstown
town centre zone. QLDC believes that rezoning these sites to
Queenstown town centre zone is a logical step to ensure that the
Queenstown town centre remains cohesive and to some extent,
reflects the commercial land uses already established in these
The plan change, if passed, will permit the construction of a
convention centre on the Lakeview site with an integrated
commercial/mixed use development planned for the remainder of the
site. This could include visitor accommodation, high density
residential accommodation, a retail and hospitality precinct, and
public recreation spaces.
The proposed plan change will also remove development
limitations on residential housing developments and permit taller
buildings at the back of the property. At this stage, Council does
not have any fixed plans as to how the development of the site will
proceed and by whom. Accordingly, Council is apparently open to
approaches from parties interested in being involved in the
development of the site or parties prepared to work with Council on
a joint venture basis.
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