Central City Plan consultant reports back #Dunedin

Kobus Mentz and the Urbanism Plus team working on the Central City Plan are due to report back to the Council and public on 11 August, with their draft findings.

For those who made the original workshop in June, you’ll know that Kobus and team take a collaborative approach. They have received a huge number of inputs and ideas from a wide range of sources – this will be a great opportunity to view their progress.

We look forward to seeing the draft plan!

The public session for reporting back is on August 11, 6-8pm at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery auditorium.

All welcome.

Please RSVP (for indication of numbers) to Glen Hazelton, Policy Planner (Heritage), Dunedin City Council – phone 03 477 4000, fax 03 474 3451


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7.6.11 Public Workshop: Dunedin Central City

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9 responses to “Central City Plan consultant reports back #Dunedin

  1. Elizabeth

    The final report from Kobus Mentz and Urbanism Plus is due at council at the end of the month.

    ### ODT Online Mon, 15 Aug 2011
    Creative Queens Gardens quarter urged
    By Rebecca Fox
    Dunedin can take small incremental steps towards improving its city centre, including investigating removing highway traffic from Crawford St and promoting a creative quarter around Queens Gardens, despite financial constraints, urban designer Kobus Mentz says.
    Read more


    This concept plan for the local CBD is the one you want, if you want Dunedin to resemble Christchurch’s new city centre (minus the Avon). Same graphics, same lack of a manufacturing base pegged on a diversity of smart industry and robotics technology for processing raw produce from Otago Southland.

    Bringing industry to the people is always too hard for academic urban designers – they’re not industrialists, they do enjoy prettiness, a sketchy wash of colour, the ‘odd’ bit of greening, and a line-up of cafe tables without end… Don’t forget, their penultimate desire to manage traffic (of which Dunedin has very little).

    They do say job creation is a top priority. Paradoxically, citizens dawdling about the Dunedin Riviera is the inspiration; the affordability and sustainability of the “vision” aren’t yet on the meter.

    Why do we let the Dunedin City Council do this to us, repeatedly. Every other city on the planet has a creative quarter with an IT services export community – or wants one. Low population, low income, aging Dunedin can’t compete with other great towns and cities in the short, medium or long term, if this is the vision – not while the University of Otago continues to lose competitiveness in the global market for tertiary education, applied research and development. [Otago sits low on the list of the world’s top 300 universties.]

    We can tweak Dunedin’s CBD around the edges and completely waste our time by ignoring the need for new industry to produce distinctive high-value export goods and services for as long as we want to kill our future. The city suffers with New Zealand.

  2. Anonymous

    The “Technology Precinct” along Princes St has long been pushed by EDU. It’s at the wrong end of town.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    It’s at the right end of town from their p.o.v. Nobody else wants to use it. If some manager can make a job out of trying to “promote” the Vision, especially if this involves visits to overseas Tech Precincts, then what the actual techy people want is irrelevant.
    Likewise the DCC and its bushy-tailed manager will be irrelevant to them. They’ll do what they usually do – locate themselves where they blimmin’ well want to and suffer the usual frustrations of compliance and regulations that have earned Dunedin the reputation of a ghastly place to do any new business in thanks to [too many of] its council employees’ box-ticky can’t do attitude.

  4. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 18 Oct 2011
    Warehouse district revamp mooted for Dunedin
    By Hamish McNeilly
    Revitalising Dunedin’s warehouse district and the removal of the one-way system south of Queens Gardens are the major talking points of a proposed development plan for the central city. A report on the central city from consultant Urbanism Plus will be discussed by the Dunedin City Council’s planning and environment committee today.
    Read more

    Report – PEC – 18/10/2011 (PDF, 8.4 MB)
    Central City Plan

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Wed, 19 Oct 2011
      Two-way traffic ‘pivotal’ to central Dunedin plan
      By David Loughrey
      A report on the feasibility of turning the one-way traffic system south of Queens Gardens back to a two-way system is an important aspect of a new central city plan for Dunedin, and will be the first matter considered. The Dunedin City Council planning and environment committee yesterday voted to go ahead with the next stage of the plan. But committee chairwoman Kate Wilson said the roading issue was “pivotal” to other aspects, and would be done first. Consultant MWH was expected to complete the work within four months.
      Read more

  5. Hype O'Thermia

    Warehouse district revamp mooted for Dunedin – why? For whose gain?
    Completely unrelated to the above, Earl Hagaman owns a shirtload of land round those parts. I’m sure his is only one of several low-profile* names belonging to faceless people.
    Stakeholders all, I expect.

    *Low profile, as in “seldom seen doing anything of value for the community”.

    • Elizabeth

      Economic development gain for city, heritage re-use gain for city, inner-city accommodation gain for city, stewardship gain for city, and on the list goes (Dunedin’s impoverished can’t afford to do the redevelopment work, let’s face it) – plus getting rid of the alienating one-way system in the southern end makes the grid of roads work without businesses being cut off. The building redevelopment projects already under way or recently completed have largely been achieved on freeholded land.

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    Good, all good. Let’s hope that a way is found to achieve it by giving owners encouragement via staged rates relief depending on performance, and a problem-solving instead of can’t-do approach in all departments they have to deal with. Plus grants, repayable to some extent out of profits on resale. Anything but being planned & driven by the council’s house clowns.

  7. Calvin Oaten

    Does anyone have a total annual DCC spend on consultants. Phil, you might lend some light here.

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