Submission to proposal for 60 site campervan park - Matauwhi Wharf Ltd

February 2011 - Submission to application relating to the establishment of a 60 site campervan park on the Matauwhi Wharf Ltd site.The elevated nature of the site and its location at the entry to Russell means that it is highly visible from parts of Matauwhi Bay, Kororareka Bay, Matauwhi Bay Rd, Florance Ave, Brind Rd and Pomare Rd, as well as further afield from Te Wahapu and Paihia. It is proposed that, by undertaking an additional 7000 cubic metres of earthworks and building extensive retaining walls up to 3 metres in height, access roading and platforms will be established on this steep site in order to accommodate up to 60 multi-coloured camper vans of varying sizes and dimensions. In reviewing the proposed landscape plan and its stated intention of preserving the views of people in the campervans, I find it difficult to believe that the visual effects will not be more than minor. The zoning of the land and the Gateway Area overlay make it clear that the landform of the site must be preserved. The site has already undergone extensive modification (without a resource consent) in terms of vegetation clearance and earthworks and it is now proposed to undertake an additional 7000 cubic metres (4500 in the Russell Township Zone and 2500 in the Coastal Living Zone). This will have the effect of significantly modifying the landform. (click to read ... )