Harbourside: more negotiation to come

### ODT Online Sat, 17 Apr 2010
Plan for harbour resolved
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council appears to have staved off what could have been a bitter Environment Court battle with the city’s business community, after a joint announcement yesterday that an agreement on the harbourside development had been signed. For its part, the council has agreed to dump much of stage two from its harbourside plan, meaning a reduction to its “50-year vision” for the area. Businesses have agreed to accept stage one, subject to further negotiation.

• DCC has signed an agreement with Otago Chamber of Commerce and businesses affected by harbourside development to avert Environment Court battle.
• Council has agreed to drop stage two of the development, reducing its size.
• Chamber and businesses have agreed to stage one, subject to continued negotiation.
• Parties will now negotiate, before taking resolved issues to Environment Court for approval.
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Post by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Economics, Geography, Politics, Project management, Town planning, Urban design

11 responses to “Harbourside: more negotiation to come

  1. Janet

    The plan is not ‘resolved’. There’s more negotiation to come. Looking at the plan as published in ODT on Saturday, what’s with the walkways that are still there? and the buildings proposed for the other side of the steamer basin?

    • Elizabeth

      ‘Businesses’ are negotiating their future on the harbourside via mediation, rightly, because they formally appealed the commissioners’ decision on Plan Change 7: Harbourside.

      What concerns me at the moment as a consequence of the negotiations is that the parties involved appear to be deciding zoning issues and area plans that all submitters on the originally notified plan change have had no input to – in terms of scope and particularly the areas for redevelopment. Significantly, Plan Change 7 no longer looks like Plan Change 7.

      The whole of Plan Change 7 should be withdrawn and a new plan change proposal notified. It’s in the public interest.

      • Elizabeth

        ### ODT Friday 23 April 2010 (page 28)
        Harbourside court hearing adjourned
        By David Loughrey
        An Environment Court hearing on the future of Dunedin’s harbourside has been adjourned until November after a judge accepted progress made so far between the Dunedin City Council and opponents of the development. The council, the Otago Chamber of Commerce and businesses in the harbourside area announced last week they had reached a preliminary agreement on the issue.

        Read the full story in print and digital editions of the Otago Daily Times.

        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Sat, 12 Jun 2010
          ‘Positive discussion’ over harbourside development
          By David Loughrey
          Dunedin city councillor Colin Weatherall said yesterday he hoped to have a dispute between the city’s business community and the council over the future of the harbourside fully resolved before the next scheduled date with the Environment Court. On Thursday, Cr Weatherall met more than 20 businesses involved in an Environment Court appeal against the council’s plan to change the zoning of the industrial area adjacent to the Steamer Basin.
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  2. Stu

    Sub-editing standard at ODT is slipping a bit.
    Imagine the selective quote:
    “Dunedin city councillor Colin Weatherall said yesterday he hoped to have a dispute between the city’s business community and the council over the future of the harbourside…”

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Mon, 4 Oct 2010
      Still negotiating over harbourside
      By Chris Morris
      The future of Dunedin’s harbourside plan may yet be decided by an Environment Court judge, despite good progress during mediation talks between the Dunedin City Council and a group of upset business owners. The council had hoped earlier this year to resolve the conflict with a group of 20 business owners opposed to the council’s harbourside plan before the next scheduled Environment Court date in November. It was confirmed last week all parties would be back in court on November 15 to present an update on mediation progress at a pre-hearing conference.
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      • Elizabeth

        ### ODT Online Wed, 18 May 2011
        Harbourside issue closer to resolution
        By David Loughrey
        Dunedin city councillor Colin Weatherall says the harbourside issue may be closer to resolution following developments last week. He said a proposal by Chalmers Properties would be considered by the council and other parties involved, and the issue could still be resolved without an Environment Court hearing. The harbourside plan change has been grinding through the court process for over a year. The issue began in 2005, when the council initiated a district plan change allowing the harbourside to be redeveloped with apartments, tree-lined boulevards, bars and cafes.
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  3. janet

    How can it take this long to ditch a plan that is crap? Here’s to a new council using a modicum of common sense and dropping this plan like a hot potato and letting those poor sods who have businesses or who work in that area get on with it.

    • Elizabeth

      The whole Plan Change for Dunedin Harbourside isn’t being scrapped – that’s the point. We are at the mercy of what that small number of businesses in negotiations can or can’t decide for their benefit, firstly; and public access to the water, secondly. Perhaps I’m being too harsh. The only thing we need concern ourselves with is that DCC is NOT left to absolutely wreck the CBD by allowing mixed use at the harbourside in sufficient scale to do so; or to crash the engineering cluster and associated businesses within the industrial portside zoning area… And could we have the Rattray/Fryatt Street level crossing back, thank-you.

  4. Peter

    Yes, I’d hate to see the CBD wrecked and for it to become a donut heart. Already we have seen the CBD lose out to ‘big box’ shops on the fringes of the city – Cumberland St and South Dunedin. Some may argue this is the ‘way of the future’ and suits people better, but what kind of future are we looking at with a crime and vandalised heart to our city. Even in town we have the Wall St Mall – OK as far as that kind of bland, copy cat development goes – but now we have empty shops up and down George and Princes Sts, partly attributable to harder economic times, but also fostered by a mall mentality.

  5. Calvin Oaten

    Apartments, tree lined boulevards, bars and cafes. Not on the harbourside but rather on ‘Cloud Nine’. An expensive exercise in trivia. Still, it gives Cr Weatherall extra stipend for all the hearings so it can’t be bad can it? Keeps him away from ‘cocking up’ the real issues.

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