UPDATED POST – deadline for submissions extended by one month
DCC Draft Spatial Plan Information
Public consultation closes: 13/1/2012
Spatial plans are the latest local government (or did we say LGNZ) fad, are they worth it? If not regulatory, if merely another pie-in-the-sky vision with no proper grasp of long-term sustainable economic development, what’s the point?
Are they the ticket for further property speculation that serves to redistribute wealth to the rich? — most likely. So what’s changed?
Oh, (simplistic aside) we want “more students” – WRONG, we want more highly educated top-flight researchers capable of applying their research to business development in the southern region, to create high value exports.
The Draft Spatial Plan should be vigorously pulled apart but who has the time or energy; and do we want this ‘blood’ on our hands, taking community ownership of a carefully manipulated, staff-controlled council-owned planning document?
The timing of this document before major restructuring has swept through Dunedin City Council is unfortunate.
27.10.11 DCC Media Release: Dunedin’s Future – It’s In Your Hands
The Draft Spatial Plan, ‘Dunedin Towards 2050 – a spatial plan for Dunedin’, will be considered by the Council next week before being offered to the public for comment.
### ODT Online Fri, 28 Oct 2011
30-year city plan released
By David Loughrey
A new planning document for Dunedin could bring about major changes to the face of the city, as planners look at ways to deal with an expected extra 7600 residential units needed by 2031. The city’s “spatial” plan, which Dunedin City Council staff have been working on for the past year, is expected to help deal with everything from an ageing population, rising oil prices, global warming and new medical and engineering business clusters.
Council chief executive Paul Orders said the spatial plan recommended a “distributed development” model for the city, with the majority of development occurring on land “already urban in nature”. As well as urban consolidation, “some careful expansion of out-lying townships is provided for”.
The council will run a series of public information sessions between November 10 and 17, before a submission period as part of consultation between November 2 and [January 13].
Mayor Dave Cull yesterday released the 114-page document, which will go before the council on Monday for approval.
Key issues (via ODT)
• Future housing: 7600 residential units needed by 2031, ageing population needing smaller homes, more students.
• Infrastructure: Ensure efficient, cost-effective water and waste systems, community facilities and services.
• Natural hazards: Avoid development in areas subject to flooding or instability.
• Natural environment: Protect productive rural land and biodiversity.
• Global challenges: Future-proof against rising fuel prices, avoid developing in low-lying areas.
• Economy: Support successful business clusters in tertiary-medical precinct, and harbourside, and “creative” cluster south of Octagon.
• Heritage and character: Underused heritage buildings, need to be maintained.
• Centres: Support central city as attractive place to work, live and play, protect current hierarchy of centres.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr