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### D Scene 26-10-11
Industry changes mean plans change (page 3)
By Wilma McCorkindale
Dunedin City Council has caved on the controversial portions of its plan to develop the Dunedin waterfront. In a decision by council at a meeting on September 19 and announced today, a proportion of the divisive plan change 7 – which rezoned a large port-industrial block for harbourside amenity uses – will not now go ahead, effective immediately. The block will now revert to Industrial 1 or Port Zone 2 in the DCC district plan. Also included in the decision was the listing of [Harbourside] heritage buildings in the [district] plan’s Schedule 25.1 to remain.
Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Extent of Harbourside Zone Reduced
This item was published on 26 Oct 2011
At its meeting on 19 September 2011 the Dunedin City Council made a decision to withdraw the northern part of the Harbourside Zone. The zone on the southern side of the Steamer Basin will be retained to enable the mixed use environment. The removal of the plan change on the northern side means that the Harbourside Zone no longer exists and the area reverts back to its industrial and port zoning.
Since the release of the Commissioners’ decision on Plan Change 7: Dunedin harbourside in February 2009, the Council has been involved in resolving appeals to the plan change. Part of the Harbourside Zone was withdrawn in April 2010 to enable negotiations on the appeals to continue.
While agreements were being reached on most appeals the Council considered that the strategic environment has substantially changed since the Harbourside vision was originally developed and the plan change notified. The Council is currently developing a holistic vision to provide for the strategic planning framework for the city and its future. Reducing the extent of the Harbourside Zone to that on the south side of the Steamer Basin is a more appropriate fit with the overall vision for the city at this stage.
Cr Colin Weatherall, as the Council’s appointed mediator, confirms a number of issues have advanced and changed in priority since the Council’s vision was first developed some 10 years ago. In the interim, particularly the last 2 years while intense mediation has continued, the clarity around industry needs has become focussed while industry has developed hi-tech skills that support a new style industrial/support base for employment in Dunedin.
“The needs of the city, balanced with parties to the process, has been foremost as we worked towards this position, adding the focus on Council’s spatial planning and thinking confirming the wider focus for Dunedin’ says Cr Weatherall. “In addition, the impact of the economic recession (world, national and local) has reduced the potential for development in the wider context which was an integral component of the original vision.”
Mayor Dave Cull has previously praised the goodwill of the mediation process and the Otago Chamber of Commerce for its leadership in protecting jobs in the city and the wider region that it felt were threatened by Council’s proposal. “The Chamber’s constructive contribution, and that of the co-appellants, was crucial to this successful outcome,” said Mayor Cull.
Meanwhile, Otago Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, John Christie, said “The Chamber applauds the Council’s decision following the lengthy mediation process. The Chamber and co-appellant’s aim was to protect industry and employment for the city and region. The city has partnered with us to achieve these aims.”
Contact Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin on 477 4000.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr