The owners of a Cromwell vineyard, the Wooing Tree, released plans yesterday which they said could change the whole shape of the Central Otago town.
Wooing Tree partners Geoff & Jane Bews and Steve & Thea Farquharson said their plan would enable the development of a boutique residential & commercial space designed to complement its wine business, and would allow a more fitting development for the growing town than the existing zoning provides for.
They said the Central Otago District Council would need to grant a zone change to facilitate development of the proposed Wooing Tree Estate on the 26ha site between State Highways 6 & 8B and Shortcut Rd. While the vineyard would remain, the new development could include community amenities, tourist attractions, retail, accommodation & housing lots.
Mr Bews said the plan was a step towards growing Cromwell in a way that would support its tourism, wine & residential interests: “Tourism development is key for Cromwell, and this project offers the opportunity for boutique visitor accommodation & activities, as well as community amenities for locals. We want to support the growth of Cromwell by creating a desirable living & lifestyle space, featuring sections of various sizes and an exclusive business area, all the while retaining the feeling of a vineyard village. Our plans provide for far more attractive & suitable growth than the large-lot rural-residential sections currently allowed.”
Site concepts drawn up by resource management & landscape planning experts Vivian & Espie Ltd allocate 10% of the proposed development to commercial activity, reserving 90% for grape vines, residential lots & open spaces. The wooing tree the vineyard is named after would take pride of place in a public green. The development would also provide access to Cromwell’s town centre and complement the new cycle trail proposed to link Cromwell to Clyde, Wanaka & Queenstown.
Wooing Tree Vineyard will seek to change the zoning to a mix of low- to high-density residential & light commercial. The partners have invited informal public feedback on the proposed development before lodging their application in the new year.
The award-winning, family-owned & operated vineyard is predominantly planted in pinot noir of multiple rootstocks & premium clones to give variety & complexity. It was established in 2002.
The Wooing Tree
Attribution: Company release.