RC180145 & RC180146

Proposed application to alter and extend the facilities associated with the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, at 42 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs and to cancel a condition of resource consent, RC090122.  

Application

Hurunui District Council has received an application from Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa (the applicant) for a new resource consent and cancellation of a condition of an existing resource consent. 

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RC180145 – To alter and extend the facilities of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa

Consent is sought to alter and extend the facilities of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa at 42 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs. The following activities are proposed:

Works associated with the ‘Cascade Pools’ would be located within the dripline of notable trees identified as ‘T45’ in the Hurunui District Plan (District Plan) and works associated with the aqua play area would be located within the dripline of the notable tree identified as ‘T86’ in the District Plan. The proposed water ride would be 14.46 metres high and a proposed vertical runout lane would be 13.9 metres high. Therefore, the proposed water ride would exceed the permitted height of 8 metres for a building or structure in the Open Space Zone.  The proposed extensions would also result in the exceedance of the permitted maximum coverage by buildings in the Open Space Zone of 15% of the total site area.  The noise limits for activities within the Open Space Zone would also be exceeded at the boundary of the site adjacent to the hydro-slide towers and at the boundary of the site closest to the area where the ‘Cascade Pools’ are proposed.    

Overall the application is a discretionary activity in accordance with the District Plan. 

RC180146 – Cancellation of a condition of a resource consent

The application for a cancellation of a condition of a resource consent, seeks to delete condition 12 of resource consent RC090122. RC090122 was granted in 2009 enabling the extension of the facility onto part of the adjoining former Queen Mary Hospital site and provided for the reconfiguration of the freshwater pool, the development of the water sensations area, the development of the ‘Superbowl’ water slide and platform and the development of an ice-skating area (which has not occurred).

Condition 12 relates to the stair platform to the ‘Superbowl,’ which is proposed to be extended under this resource consent application to provide access to proposed ‘Slide 4.’ Condition 12 is:

12. All sides of the new hydro-slide stair tower shall be enclosed with polycarbonate or similar material.

The application is to cancel condition 12 and remove the material as the applicant states that it is no longer necessary. The application is accompanied with a noise assessment.

Application documents

The application may be viewed electronically at Hanmer Springs Community Library & Service Centre or viewed and downloaded from the link below. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Kelsey Ashworth on 03 314 0048 or at kelsey.ashworth@hurunui.govt.nz

Reason for public notification

In accordance with section 95A of the Resource Management Act 1991, the applicant has requested the resource consent application and cancellation of a condition of resource consent be publicly notified.

Submissions

Any person may make a submission on the application, but a person who is a trade competitor of the applicant may do so only if that person is directly affected by an effect of the activity to which the application relates that –

(a)    adversely affects the environment;

(b)    does not relate to trade competition or the effects of trade competition.

You may make a submission by filling in the submission form  and sending a written or electronic copy to Hurunui District Council by:

Submissions close 5.00pm, Friday 11 January 2019

You must also serve a copy of your submission on Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa (the applicant), whose address for service is Rough and Milne Landscape Architects, PO Box 3764, Christchurch 8013 or tony@roughandmilne.co.nz, as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission on Hurunui District Council.