15-0716 v3.X Cultural Grounds Fireplaces


Our project is a visitor accommodation facility located in Glenorchy a small community located on the periphery of the Mount Aspiring National park and 45kms away from the nearest urban centre Queenstown. Camp Glenorchy is in transect L3. The project will comprise, bunk cabin accommodation, campervan, camping and communal facilities. As well as being a tourism visitor destination, hIstorically Glenorchy has been known for gold mining, timber and sheep farming with sheep farming still being the predominant industry in the region. We request an exception for the use of an internal ornamental fireplace and an external firepit located in a ‘shelter’ for the following reasons; 1) Cultural reasons – to give visitors the sense of place that is Glenorchy.Both the internal fireplace and the outdoor shelter and fire pit will be a gathering space for visitors to gather and share stories in the style traditional of local sheep farmers and to foster that sense of Glenorchy ‘community’. 2) Heating backup in the event of mains fail – There is one power line into Glenorchy from Queenstown.This mains supply fails on a fairly regular basis for anything up to 2 hours. We would like to use the internal fire as a heat source in the event of mains fail in the Winter. Should it be approved, the internal fireplace will be selected to either comply with the Washington State particulate emissions limits as listed in the EPA Certified Wood Heaters April 2015 and/or meet the requirements of NZ Ministry for the Environment air quality standards and Environment Canterbury ECAN standards.


Exception I06-E5 Ornamental Fireplace in Transects L1 & L2 has been amended to allow one internal fireplace in residential projects in L3 with some limitations. See new Exception language in post titled Combustion for Resilience Backup. Based on cultural importance, one external fireplace will be allowed in camping facilities as long as the project is in a region that is in compliance with the EPA 2013 PM2.5 primary annual fine particle standard of 12 ug/m3.

Post ID 3039

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