COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Order 2020

Schedule 10 Silverlight Studios

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Schedule 10: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

Project referred to expert consenting panel

Heading: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

1 Name of project

The name of the project is Silverlight Studios (the project).

Schedule 10 clause 1: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

2 Authorised person

The authorised person for the project is Silverlight Studios Limited.

Schedule 10 clause 2: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

3 Description of project

The scope of the project is—

(a)

to construct and operate a film studio complex, including—

(i)

film location sets; and

(ii)

buildings for post-production facilities; and

(iii)

a film school; and

(iv)

a screening theatre; and

(v)

a film exhibition centre; and

(vi)

supporting facilities such as food and retail services; and

(b)

to construct a wall surrounding the film studio complex; and

(c)

to construct the associated infrastructure for the film studio complex, including roading, parking, and pedestrian access.

Schedule 10 clause 3: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

4 Description of activities involved in project

The project involves works such as the following:

(a)

earthworks (including bulk earthworks) and discharges associated with the earthworks:

(b)

landscaping, including plantings:

(c)

vegetation clearance:

(d)

the construction of roading, walkways, and other transport infrastructure required for the project, including parking:

(e)

alteration of the reservoir located on the site:

(f)

the construction of water and wastewater infrastructure:

(g)

the on-site collection, storage, treatment, and disposal of wastewater:

(h)

the taking and use of groundwater:

(i)

any other works that are—

(i)

associated with the works described in paragraphs (a) to (h); and

(ii)

within the scope of the project as described in clause 3 of this schedule.

Schedule 10 clause 4: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

5 Approximate geographical location

(1)

The project’s works will occur at 707 Wanaka–Luggate Highway (State Highway 6), approximately 7 km to the east of Wanaka township.

(2)

The legal description of the site of the project works is Section 1, Block II Lower Wanaka Survey District and Section 66–67 Block IV Lower Wanaka Survey District (held on Record of Title OT14C/457) and Section 65 and Part Section 64 Block IV Lower Wanaka Survey District (held on Record of Title OT17A/336).

Schedule 10 clause 5: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

6 Further information to be submitted

(1)

The following information must be submitted to the panel with any consent application relating to the project (in addition to the information required by clause 9 of Schedule 6 of the Act):

(a)

an integrated transport assessment prepared in consultation with the New Zealand Transport Agency; and

(b)

a lighting assessment; and

(c)

a three waters services report that—

(i)

identifies the preferred servicing options; and

(ii)

assesses the alternatives that have been considered; and

(iii)

describes discussions held, and agreements made, with the Queenstown Lakes District Council; and

(iv)

assesses the effects of any water takes and discharges, with an outline of any proposed mitigation of these effects.

(2)

[Revoked]

Schedule 10 clause 6: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

Schedule 10 clause 6(2): revoked, on 13 August 2021, by clause 7 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 8) 2021 (LI 2021/208).

7 Persons who must be invited to comment on project

An expert consenting panel must invite comments on any consent application relating to the project from the following persons in addition to the persons listed in clause 17(6) of Schedule 6 of the Act:

(a)

the Minister for Economic and Regional Development; and

(b)

the Minister of Immigration; and

(c)

Queenstown Airport Corporation Limited; and

(d)

the New Zealand Transport Agency; and

(e)

Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Schedule 10 clause 7: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

8 No further provision required

No further provision is necessary to give effect to decisions made by the Minister under section 24 of the Act in respect of the project.

Schedule 10 clause 8: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

Statement of reasons

Heading: inserted, on 29 January 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/2).

This statement of reasons is published for the purposes of clause 4 of Schedule 3 of the Act

Having considered the application against the criteria in the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 (the Act) and the Act’s purpose, and having sought and considered written comments from the relevant Ministers and local authorities, the Minister for the Environment has accepted this application for referral for the following reasons:

  • the project will help to achieve the purpose of the Act; and

  • the project offers the opportunity for up to 300 jobs during the construction phase and for up to 1,200 jobs during the operation of the project. Both the construction and film sectors have been adversely impacted by COVID-19; and

  • the training opportunities offered through the project will enable people affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 to upskill in the film sector; and

  • the project will create economic benefits for Queenstown Lakes District, the Otago region, and the film industry, all of which were adversely affected by COVID-19; and

  • the project will progress faster than would otherwise be the case under the standard processes of the Resource Management Act 1991; and

  • any adverse effects arising from the activities occurring under the project, and potential mitigation measures, can be tested by an expert consenting panel, having regard to Part 2 of the Resource Management Act 1991 and the purpose of the Act.