Residents might not have enough water to drink in Bridge Pa, but apparently there’s enough to support a proposed major housing development with a 50,000 cubic meter lake only 1.5km down the road from that community!
Globe Holdings (aka The Hastings Golf Course Development Trust) has proposed Private Plan Change 48, which would create the Long Lakes Comprehensive Residential Zone right next door to the area recently made famous by dry drinking water bores.
I don’t know who “Globe Holdings” is (can anybody tell me?), but this proposal would do even Andy Lowe’s Hill Country proud for its stunning inappropriateness.
OK, perhaps someone at Globe or the Hastings Council has undertaken careful studies to ensure that adequate water supplies will indeed exist out there in wine country (adjacent to the Ngatarawa Triangle) to service 155 residential units and re-charge the lake every month (so that algae and other nasties don’t foul the water, upsetting golfers).
Uh, uh. Guess again. Here’s the entire discussion of water supply in the proposal, and I quote:
“There is an existing town water main in Portsmouth Drive, shown in Figure 11. [Editor note: at edge of Flaxmere] The Council’s Water Supply Manager has confirmed that it has adequate capacity to supply the proposed development.”
That’s it, folks. How did he/she confirm this supply? With a divining rod, I guess.
But there’s an upside. At least in future years, when Bridge Pa residents run out of water, they can go down and bathe in the lake … and even get in some water skiing too. And maybe one of the lakeside residents will kindly offer a glass of iced tea.
The deadline for submissions on this beauty is Monday, March 16th. Click here for proposal details and a submission form.
P.S. I’m filing an official submission on this one, Mayor Yule. I now have a tear-off pad of submission forms for dealing with the ever-foresighted HDC and its battery of lawyers.