…TO ASK A FEW QUESTIONS, or we’ll send the terriers in.
Dear Dunedin City councillors, anyone?
Regarding the Awatea (St) site, how are the consents going for the proposed building(s)? And what of the road stopping?
From reading council’s website we note the public consultation process required to close a public road – any time soon for this? Or is a Public Works Act seize-and-desist (sic) regime to hit us?
Road Stopping Policy (PDF, 17.5 kb, new window)
Under Legal Requirements the policy says:
“The law recognises that the need to retain road reserve can change and the Local Government Act allows Territorial Authorities to both create new roads and stop all or part of existing roads. The processes laid down in the Act are public processes and include provision for public notification of intentions and input to the result. If objections are received with respect to a stopping proposal the power to make a final decision is removed from the Council and passed to the Environment Court. This reflects the strong protection of the public’s rights.
“There is also provision in the Public Works Act to allow roads to be stopped in conjunction with creation of new roads. This is a non public process and is used where roads are being realigned and the like. It is also used when it is found formed roads are not within the legal road reserve and allows a new road reserve to be created in the correct position in exchange for the old reserve.”
We await formal explanation of the processes and timeline required for the stopping of a road(s) at the Awatea site.
Now then, let’s go directly to the realigning of State Highway 88 to skirt the proposed stadium, as feeds into the proposed harbour arterial (aka Dunedin’s strategic corridor) – we’re talking about the section of new road to run between Frederick St and Ravensbourne Rd.
Where is the funding and construction timeline now at for this?
Is the massively overblown and expensive gyratory still in the plans?
This whole roading project may have to be fully funded by DCC if not of a suitable priority status with the Otago Regional Transport Committee.
We have to ask.
Lots of little process questions coming at us. We’ll drip feed these in the week ahead.
Don’t use the CST PR-diversion method to stall your answers, we don’t need to know the stadium’s opening act is Kenny Rogers ‘fresh’ from Star of the Desert Arena.
The What if? Team