NB: The following procedures are embodied in the Tenth Schedule of
the Local Government Act 1974 and are statutory requirements that the
Council must follow in the prescribed order.
Receipt of application indicating area of road to be closed.
Applicant advised of Council’s policy, that is, meeting the costs on
a monthly basis as work is done. The amount paid is deducted from
the value of the land at the end of the process. Advise applicant
that adjoining property owners must give consent prior to Council
Discussions held with the Queenstown Lakes District Council, Aurora
Energy Limited, APL Property Limited, QLDC Engineering, Wakatipu
Trails Trust/Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (if applicable), Otago Fish and
Game and the New Zealand Walkways Commission to discover any
future problems/use with the road closure.
Application placed from Infrastructure Services Committee/Wanaka
Community Board to Full Council.
Committee/Board either supports or declines the request to initiate
road closure procedures.
Applicant is notied that procedures are under way (if approved
Survey undertaken and plans prepared.
Notice of Closure appears in the newspaper (opportunity for
A copy of the survey ofce plan is lodged in Council’s Ofces and
made available for public inspection.
Two copies of the notice are afxed on site announcing the stopping
until the period of objection closes.
Letters are sent to the adjoining property owners.
If after this period objections are received, the Council attempts to
resolve the objectors concerns. If this cannot be done, the objections
are sent with the original application to the Environment Court for
If no objections are received then the Council places a notice in the
paper declaring that the road is stopped.
Council obtains a valuation of the property to offer to adjoining
owners. The Act states the Council must obtain a valuation from the
competent valuer and offer it at that price (no negotiation available).
If the owner agrees to purchase, settlement is reached. If the
applicant refuses to purchase the land (the applicant will still have to
meet the road legalisation costs to date) the Council has other means
of disposing of the land e.g. auction.
Queenstown Lakes District Council
Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348
Gorge Road, Queenstown 9300
P: 03 441 0499
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