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Council releases plan for aerodrome development
August 2nd, 2012
The new Motueka Aerodrome Development Plan has been released by Tasman District Council, but there is no decision yet on whether or when any of the 21 individual submission on the plan will be heard.
Key details of the plan were described in a Nelson Mail article yesterday, and the full article may be viewed here.
The plan talks about introducing six established development areas:
- one for fixed-wing craft on the northwest corner,
- one for helicopters in the northeast corner,
- an area on the Queen Victoria St boundary for hangars and potential overhead accommodation,
- a small zone next to the current recreation reserve on the corner of Queen Victoria and College streets for commercial and tourist services,
- an upgrade of the current reserve,
- a stop on further development along the College St boundary.
The council also plans to install future reticulated sewerage into the fixed wing and helicopter areas and possibly to the hangar sites. Reticulation of power and data services was also proposed.
One aim for management is for the airport be self-funding so it does not continue to require the current top-up from the general rate. However, this may still not please many Motueka residents and aerodrome users who want the management and development of the facility run by a local group rather than Council.
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