Redesign for Botanic Garden, without Lovelock Ave realignment

### ODT Online Tue, 16 Nov 2010
Realignment rejected after long debate
By David Loughrey
The Dunedin City Council has realigned its policy on Lovelock Ave, reversing its decision on a project that has been years in development… In the end, the project’s backers were told to go away and redesign the project, and come back to the council with a plan that did not involve realigning the road.

After about three hours’ debate, Crs Cull, Vandervis, Thomson, Teresa Stevenson, Chris Staynes, Kate Wilson, Neil Collins and Jinty MacTavish voted not to go ahead with the realignment. Crs Bezett, Syd Brown, Bill Acklin, Paul Hudson and Andrew Noone voted for the project.

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8 responses to “Redesign for Botanic Garden, without Lovelock Ave realignment

  1. Elizabeth

    This clip’s worth it for the facial expressions and gestures of the councillors alone! Even better with the sound off!

    ### ch9.co.nz November 16, 2010 – 7:14pm
    Disappointment at handling of Lovelock Ave realignment
    The contentious issue of the Lovelock Avenue realignment was decided upon by the Dunedin City Council yesterday, in what was at times a very heated discussion. Some Councillors voiced their disappointment over the way the Council handled the process, and that disappointment was shared by the President of the Friends of the Botanic Garden group.
    Video

    • Elizabeth

      Given the Botanic Garden people (ie staff) know their stuff and have clear ideas about future development of the asset, could we please run everything through an independent urban design panel before any new resource consent(s) is applied for – since this is a community asset in the middle of our city.

      If this had happened last time the Lovelock Avenue realignment would never have got off the ground~!!

      Interests/aims/objectives/plans/designs need to be exposed to a wider (multidisciplinary) consortium of skillsets and expertise, in the pre application stages.

  2. Phil

    Unfortunately someone had to lose out of this. If it had gone the other way then the residents of Opoho would have been upset today. Those people have to live with the effects every day, and not go somewhere else at the end of their working day. The previous administration should have had the skill and vision to nip the project in the bud (excuse the pun) in the first place. Before getting people’s hopes up. Not because it’s not a project worthy of consideration, I love the Botanic Garden. But because the DCC had overcommited itself financially. Someone has finally realised that we can’t do all the things we’d like to do, and has made a very difficult call. It won’t be the last one being made.

    Probably a bit unecessary for the article (which was, on the whole, well written) to get down to the level of name calling, and trying to undermine the objectors as a handful. Those kind of comments do go both ways. I recall a flood of submissions all coming from one organisation in the hope that sheer numbers would sway the decision. And maybe it did at the time.

    I hope that the Botanic Garden does continue to be upgraded. It warrants it. When we have the cash to do such things. Don’t blame the people of Opoho for this decision, blame the stadium.

  3. Ben

    The logic of the Dunedin Amenities Society article has the depth of a puddle, I could argue each of the points made in the reverse in regard to benefits of leaving the road where it is.

    Are they seriously suggesting that the location of a road has any tangible impact on whether or not the gardens are internationally acclaimed?

    In any event it is not Opoho residents that are being shrill and emotive. No one has said the project has been abandoned, simply the road must stay where it is and the gardens will have to apply some lateral thinking.

    The outcome is a common sense approach that represents financial prudence.

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Thu, 18 Nov 2010
      Garden group laments Lovelock Ave decision
      By David Loughrey
      The decision to abandon the Lovelock Ave realignment project has been hailed as a victory for public consultation by the project’s opponents, but supporters are lamenting its defeat at the Dunedin City Council table.

      Dunedin Botanic Garden development plan
      History:
      *Started as an exercise for garden staff in 2004.
      *Plans physical appearance of garden for 20-30 years.
      *Presented to Friends of the Botanic Garden to confirm support, then to council for approval.
      *Launched by Governor-General Anand Satyanand in October 2006.

      The plan:
      *Realign Lovelock Ave to unlock full potential of upper garden, address threats to pedestrian safety, improve security, reduce garden and road maintenance. Council voted against this option.

      *Relocate propagation/administration buildings to create new gateway to garden, free up land, remove unsightly storage facilities and work sites, establish suite of purpose-built buildings.

      *Develop and complete series of destination features in middle area of garden to link upper and lower gardens, draw people into centre of garden (includes Mediterranean Garden under construction).

      *Complete series of projects in lower garden to finish work started 10 years ago including entranceway project, Otaru Teien, Clive Lister garden and recently completed rose garden entranceway.

      Cost: $6.5 million

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      • Elizabeth

        ### ODT Online Fri, 19 Nov 2010
        Editorial: Realigned priorities
        The disappointment of Friends of the Botanic Garden members at the decision on Monday this week to abandon Dunedin’s Lovelock Ave realignment project is understandable.

        The new council cannot, nor should it, attempt to undo various other projects committed to by its predecessor. But in showing itself sufficiently flexible to require council staff, who supported the realignment project, to reconsider the options necessary to upgrade the garden while abandoning the road repositioning portion of the plan – in short, in realigning their priorities – Mayor Dave Cull and his council have made a promising beginning.

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        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Thu, 9 Dec 2010
          New garden set to open
          The Dunedin Botanic Garden’s latest feature, the Mediterranean garden, is completed and ready for its official opening. The $350,000 project will be opened by Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand on Sunday morning, and it will be open to the public from 1pm.
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