Queenstown Airport 30-Year Master Plan

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Why have a Master Plan?

To support the long term growth of our region and its continued attractiveness as a place to live, work and play, we need to provide sustainable air connectivity and a world-class airport experience. We also need to be a good neighbour with a strong social, economic and environmental focus.

Having a Master Plan is crucial to help us forecast the speed of growth and consequent infrastructure requirements over the next 30 years. Our Master Plan will also help others in the region with their own planning for infrastructure, accommodation, tourism, business and alternative developments.

Community Feedback

Last year we held fly-in visits around the region and conducted an online survey to find out what the community thinks about our proposed Master Plan options. We have analysed the feedback to date.
Please click here to download the community feedback.

Why have a Master Plan?

To support the long term growth of our region and its continued attractiveness as a place to live, work and play, we need to provide sustainable air connectivity and a world-class airport experience. We also need to be a good neighbour with a strong social, economic and environmental focus.

Having a Master Plan is crucial to help us forecast the speed of growth and consequent infrastructure requirements over the next 30 years. Our Master Plan will also help others in the region with their own planning for infrastructure, accommodation, tourism, business and alternative developments.

Community Feedback

Last year we held fly-in visits around the region and conducted an online survey to find out what the community thinks about our proposed Master Plan options. We have analysed the feedback to date.
Please click here to download the community feedback.

CLOSED: Thank you for your questions. The consultation has now closed however you can view the questions asked by the community below.

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    Realistically, how many planes per 24 hours are currently flying in and out in average and how many planes are you forecasting per 24 hours in the next 5 years and 10 years if the proposed plan go ahead?

    Alicia Asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    On an average day there are currently about 44 scheduled aircraft movements (commercial airline takeoffs and landings) and about 118 general aviation movements (small fixed wing, heli and private jet takeoffs and landings), so about 160 movements within our consented operating hours of 6am to 10pm. 

    Based on the airport’s current growth rate, we anticipate reaching our noise boundaries in the next 3-4 years.  At that time we are forecasting that the average number of scheduled aircraft movements per day would be about 57 (21,000 annual movements) and 120 average daily movements (44,374 annual movements) for general aviation. 

    Beyond that it’s a bit more difficult to forecast how quickly or slowly the growth may come over the 30-year period so pages 7 and 9 of the summary document outline the forecast numbers and current and proposed air traffic volumes at the proposed noise boundary at 2045. 

    Warm regards,
    Jen


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    The master plan only had 11 individual responses, how can this be perceived as a clear representation of the community voice in relation to this important issue that affects all residents of Queenstown? Clearly this cannot be seen as a mandate to proceed with the findings. Clearly the consultation process wasn’t clear, or lacked an ability to connect with people.

    Erin Hyndman Asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Erin,

    Thanks for your feedback.  The 11 submissions were in addition to the 363 individual online responses and another 60 responses collated by the Wanaka Chamber of Commerce on behalf of their business members. 

    We released the airport's 30-year Master Plan options at the end of July last year for community discussion and spent August and September travelling across Queenstown and the region (including Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka, Cromwell and Alex) holding information sessions and listening to feedback.  We also had information available online and people were able to provide feedback via an online survey until 30 November.

    We wanted to be transparent and share the long-term demand forecasts with the community to determine what level of growth people would consider to be sustainable. The answer was inconclusive - there were mixed views with people saying they were too high, too low or about right as long as destination infrastructure could keep pace.

    We also stated at the time that we were only at the options stage and needed to do more work, particularly on noise, so would come back to the community to share our findings.  This is what we're doing now.

    We don’t want to lead the conversation about future growth in the district but we do feel that we have a responsibility to give the community, our shareholders, airport stakeholders and employees, the business community and the tourism industry a heads-up on future airport pressures and constraints and ask for input into long term planning. We appreciate that we need to get this right for everyone concerned.

    Warm regards,
    Jen



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    I have a property in the the proposed 60dB zone Orange dotted line on map, Frankton road. There are future plans two demolish the single house and build 3 units. How does the proposed district plan change effect this ? thank you Regards, Glenn Bartlett

    bartgk Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Glenn,

    We are not sure which land use zone you are located within, but if your property is located along Frankton Road, then you are probably located within the Low Density Residential or High Density Residential Zone so our response is on this basis. Here is a link to our online GIS map (www.queenstownairport.com/GISmap) which will help you identify which zone your property is located in and the impact of our proposal on your property. 

    On the basis that your property is located within either the Low Density Residential or High Density Residential Zone, we can confirm that:

    • We are not proposing to change the density controls that are currently imposed by the Council. Therefore if the Council’s Proposed District Plan currently allows three units to be built on this site then our proposal will not change that.
    • We suspect your property is already located within the existing aircraft noise boundaries – again, please check out the online GIS map to confirm if this is correct. This means that under the existing District Plan, your new units will need to be designed to achieve an internal sound level of 40dB Ldn. Under our proposal, this requirement will remain.

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    Contributions to this consultation are from the public ? if so why has it closed so early ?

    bartgk Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there,

    I'm not quite sure if you mean the Master Plan consultation, which ran for 3 months last year, or the Proposed Noise Changes (the 2nd stage of the Master Plan work) which we shared recently and are consulting with the community on until 20 August?  While the Master Plan consultation is closed we're always very happy to receive feedback.  We'd also welcome your views on our proposed noise changes - please visit the noise page and click on 'Provide Feedback' to fill out the survey.

    Warm regards,
    Jen

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    Hi, I'm interested to know if there has been an assessment of all the likely environmental impacts in relation to increased flight numbers - is there a report you can share? I'd also like to know if regular noise monitoring is undertaken and how close the current noise levels are to the maximum limits of the existing noise boundaries. thanks

    NessT Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi, thanks for your query. Yes, in accordance with the RMA we are preparing an assessment report of the environmental impact of our proposal in relation to noise.  This will form part of the proposal we put forward to Council as a proposed variation to the district plan and will be publicly available.  The council will consider the proposal and, if accepted, a formal planning process will commence which will include hearings and opportunities for the public to make submissions.  We’re really keen to hear the community’s views now as it will help us shape the proposal that goes forward to Council.

    With regard to where we are in relation to the existing noise boundaries, based on growth predictions, we believe we are about 3-4 years away from reaching our current noise boundaries.

    Aircraft noise is both monitored and modelled to ensure our operations stay within our noise boundaries and to help with forward planning where noise mitigation might be required. We monitor aircraft noise during the busiest months of the year and the data is used to calibrate the aircraft noise model and confirm compliance with our designation conditions and the noise boundaries we have in place.  We then use modelling software to produce maps (known as Annual Aircraft Noise Contours) which show the previous year’s noise results. These are used to predict aircraft noise for the next 12 months. The monitoring, data and modelling is managed independently by leading New Zealand noise management experts Marshall Day Acoustics Ltd.

    Thanks,
    Jen

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    Please give directions to where the interactive map is located?

    J17 Asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Gianluca,

    Thanks for your query.

    The link to the interactive map is located under the project 'Proposed Noise Changes' in the Locate Your Home tab.  Or, if it's easier, just go directly to www.queenstownairport.co.nz/GISmap :).

    Jen