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

Schedule 13 Wooing Tree Estate

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Schedule 13: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

Project referred to expert consenting panel

Heading: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

1 Name of project

The name of the project is the Wooing Tree Estate (the project).

Schedule 13 clause 1: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

2 Authorised person

The authorised person for the project is Wooing Tree Property Development LP.

Schedule 13 clause 2: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

3 Description of project

(1)

The scope of the project is—

(a)

to subdivide land and construct a staged subdivision of up to 284 lots, including up to 276 residential lots; and

(b)

to construct approximately 46 residential units; and

(c)

to construct the associated infrastructure for the subdivision, including roading, parking, pedestrian and cycling connections, three waters services, and the development of open space; and

(d)

to construct and operate a hospitality and neighbourhood centre, a cellar door facility for Wooing Tree Vineyard, and accommodation for travellers, and to provide the associated infrastructure.

(2)

[Revoked]

Schedule 13 clause 3: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

Schedule 13 clause 3(2): revoked, on 13 August 2021, by clause 9(a) of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 8) 2021 (LI 2021/208).

4 Description of activities involved in project

(1)

The project involves works such as the following:

(a)

the subdivision of land and construction of buildings:

(b)

earthworks (including bulk earthworks):

(c)

discharges associated with earthworks and construction activities:

(d)

landscaping, including planting:

(e)

works to clear existing vegetation:

(f)

works to construct pedestrian and vehicular access, roading, parking, and other transport infrastructure required for the development:

(g)

works to construct three waters services and upgrade existing three waters services:

(h)

any other works that are—

(i)

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

(ii)

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

(2)

[Revoked]

Schedule 13 clause 4: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

Schedule 13 clause 4(2): revoked, on 13 August 2021, by clause 9(b) of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 8) 2021 (LI 2021/208).

5 Approximate geographical location

The project’s works will occur at Wooing Tree Estate, 64 Shortcut Road, corner of State Highway 6 and State Highway 8B, Cromwell, Otago (legal description Section 3 Survey Office Plan 461514, held on Record of Title 684261).

Schedule 13 clause 5: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

6 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 New Zealand Transport Agency in addition to the persons listed in clause 17(6) of Schedule 6 of the Act.

Schedule 13 clause 6: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

7 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 13 clause 7: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

Statement of reasons

Heading: inserted, on 5 March 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 2) 2021 (LI 2021/36).

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, relevant local authorities, and the New Zealand Transport Agency, 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 650 full-time equivalent jobs and for additional permanent jobs through commercial activities; and

  • the project will provide economic benefits to those in the Central Otago area and to the viticulture and construction industries, which have been affected by COVID-19; and

  • the project will increase housing supply in an area experiencing rapid population change and housing shortages; and

  • the project will contribute to a well-functioning urban environment, given its location close to the Cromwell town centre and within an area identified in the Cromwell Spatial Plan as being suitable for residential intensification; and

  • the project will enable construction to occur sooner than would otherwise be the case under the standard processes of the Resource Management Act 1991; and

  • any adverse effects arising from the activities that are to occur 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.