Future of Taupo hotel to be decided

The future of a proposed eight-storey hotel in downtown Taupo will be decided next week.

The Taupo hotel will face a public resource consent hearing beginning December 17. Submissions to the Taupo District Council about the project included 49 in opposition, 19 in support and four which were neutral.

“Resource consent is sought for an eight-storey hotel being a ground of retail, floors one to six of accommodation, a rooftop spa, bar and restaurant and three basement levels that infringes the building eight, access and earthworks rules of the Taupo Town Centre Environment. A ten-year lapse period is sought,” said Cheal Consultants’ application for resource consent.

Complainants were concerned with the building’s height and the plans to dig below the surface. The project also failed to meet the Taupo Town Cente’s regulatory building standards.

“The proposal is unable to meet the Taupo Town Centre Environment (Pedestrian Precinct) performance standards for building height and earthworks. In relation to the public service lane (considered a road) the proposal will not meet the provisions for a veranda, building up to the site boundary, minimum window glazing and the width of the vehicle crossing,” said the Taupo district Council after receiving the application.

The public resource consent hearing will last for three days, beginning on December 17.