Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan

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Wānaka's lakefront is one of the community's most treasured assets, integral to both local and visitor experiences in the town and an ever-increasingly popular place to be. Following the completion of the Wānaka Lakefront Reserves Management Plan (2014), a three month consultation period was held in 2016 and produced the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan.


The big moves

The community feedback shaped four 'big moves'. Every stage and project within the Lakefront Development Plan will be designed with the four big moves in mind:

  1. Restore and develop ecology
  2. Provide continuous access
  3. Improve landuse
  4. Provide a range of facilities


A staged approach

The Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is split into five stages:

  1. Stage One [complete]
  2. Stage Two
  3. Stage Three
  4. Stage Four (in conjunction with the Wānaka Town Centre Masterplan)
  5. Stage Five


Stage Two:

Two Concept Plans are now available for Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan, the area of lakefront running from the Wānaka-Mt Aspiring Road Carpark through to Dungarvon Street and the Wānaka Town Centre.

Both Concept Plans feature an active travel promenade, allowing pedestrians and cyclists the continuous access along the lakefront that they crave. We're also intending to retain all existing trees in the area, and propose the introduction of a feature garden.

Concept Plan #1 features the introduction of parking along the lakeside of Ardmore Street and new Millennium Pathway tiles being laid in a new location. Options for that are along the active travel promenade, or in and around the proposed feature garden.

Concept Plan #2 features the Millennium Pathway staying in its existing location, and no parking added to Ardmore Street.

Feedback:

Feedback on these Concept Plans opens on Monday 3 August at 9.00am and closes on Sunday 30 August at 5.00pm.

Drop-in sessions:

If you'd like to see the Concept Plans in person and chat to staff about them, we have a number a drop-in sessions coming up.

  • Wednesday 5 August - A presentation from 5.00pm to 7.00pm at the Lake Wānaka Centre
  • Tuesday 11 August - 5.00pm to 7.00pm at the Lake Wānaka Centre.
  • Saturday 15 August - 11.00am to 1.00pm on the lakefront between Dungarvon Street and McDougall Street.
  • Thursday 20 August - 2.00pm to 4.00pm outside the Three Parks New World.

Wānaka's lakefront is one of the community's most treasured assets, integral to both local and visitor experiences in the town and an ever-increasingly popular place to be. Following the completion of the Wānaka Lakefront Reserves Management Plan (2014), a three month consultation period was held in 2016 and produced the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan.


The big moves

The community feedback shaped four 'big moves'. Every stage and project within the Lakefront Development Plan will be designed with the four big moves in mind:

  1. Restore and develop ecology
  2. Provide continuous access
  3. Improve landuse
  4. Provide a range of facilities


A staged approach

The Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is split into five stages:

  1. Stage One [complete]
  2. Stage Two
  3. Stage Three
  4. Stage Four (in conjunction with the Wānaka Town Centre Masterplan)
  5. Stage Five


Stage Two:

Two Concept Plans are now available for Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan, the area of lakefront running from the Wānaka-Mt Aspiring Road Carpark through to Dungarvon Street and the Wānaka Town Centre.

Both Concept Plans feature an active travel promenade, allowing pedestrians and cyclists the continuous access along the lakefront that they crave. We're also intending to retain all existing trees in the area, and propose the introduction of a feature garden.

Concept Plan #1 features the introduction of parking along the lakeside of Ardmore Street and new Millennium Pathway tiles being laid in a new location. Options for that are along the active travel promenade, or in and around the proposed feature garden.

Concept Plan #2 features the Millennium Pathway staying in its existing location, and no parking added to Ardmore Street.

Feedback:

Feedback on these Concept Plans opens on Monday 3 August at 9.00am and closes on Sunday 30 August at 5.00pm.

Drop-in sessions:

If you'd like to see the Concept Plans in person and chat to staff about them, we have a number a drop-in sessions coming up.

  • Wednesday 5 August - A presentation from 5.00pm to 7.00pm at the Lake Wānaka Centre
  • Tuesday 11 August - 5.00pm to 7.00pm at the Lake Wānaka Centre.
  • Saturday 15 August - 11.00am to 1.00pm on the lakefront between Dungarvon Street and McDougall Street.
  • Thursday 20 August - 2.00pm to 4.00pm outside the Three Parks New World.

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    What happens next?

    1 day ago

    Following community feedback, the Wānaka Community Board will review comments made and make a decision. A detailed design will then be undertaken.

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    Who will determine what content goes on any potentially new Millennium Path tiles?

    1 day ago

    Ideally, we hope to form a working group with representatives from Council and the community who will work together on the Millennium Pathway project.  Together, we will come up with content for new tiles, before the suggestions are provided to the Wānaka Community Board for discussion and approval.

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    What will potential new Millennium Path tiles look like/be made out of?

    1 day ago

    Council and the Wānaka Community Board are currently exploring options for the new tiles and have some samples available.  These will be available for viewing in Council's Ardmore St office.  One option is a natural clinker tile, which is very hardy and has a strong resistance to impact and thermal shock.  This tile could be etched to give an appearance very similar to the original tiles.  Another option under consideration is a toughened glass tile, which can be printed to resemble the current tiles.

    Regardless of which option may be considered, should the decision be made to do so, we aim to honour the concept and history of the Pathway, and believe new tiles could provide a dramatic improvement and help to preserve this piece of Wānaka's history.

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    Following community feedback, who makes the decision?

    1 day ago

    Council will consider all feedback received, but the final decision rests with the Wānaka Community Board.

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    What is the cost of Stage Two likely to be?

    1 day ago

    Current estimates are that Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan will cost $3,000,000.00.

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    How wide will the active travel promenade be?

    1 day ago

    The active travel promenade will be four metres wide.

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    I want to be able to park on the grass along the lakefront and retain the Millennium Path tiles. Why can't I vote for this?

    1 day ago

    The 'Four Big Moves' driving the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan aim to make the lakefront accessible to residents and visitors, and for it to be used as a recreation space.  Parking is in direct conflict of this, creates an unsafe environment for pedestrians, and in the peak months, leads to a wall of vehicles blocking the lakefront.  It's also important to note that parking is prohibited on a large section of the grass in this area already.

    When the 2016 Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan was consulted and agreed on, parking was intended along the lakeside of Ardmore Street.  Unfortunately, parking in this location overlaps with the existing location of the Millennium Pathway.

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    Is parking going to be permitted on the grass along the lakefront?

    1 day ago

    Parking is not permitted on the grass verges along the lakefront in both Concept Plans.  It's important to note that parking is already largely prohibited in this area.

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    Why are you investing in this area?

    1 day ago

    Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan encapsulates an important area of Wānaka and the town's lakefront, enjoyed by generations of residents and visitors.  As a result, it needs to be protected and maintained for future generations.  The 'Four Big Moves' driving the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan aim to provide continuous access around the lakefront, currently hindered by vehicles parking on the grass verges and by poor track surfaces.  Work on Stage Two will help provide green spaces and pedestrian-friendly places on the lakefront.

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    Why are there two Concept Plans?

    1 day ago

    Two Concept Plans have been developed following opposing views from the community around parking and the Millennium Pathway.  By providing options for both these elements, QLDC and the Wānaka Community Board hope to gain a clear understanding of our community's vision for this area.