Spatial Plan consultation #Dunedin

The DCC advises that place-shaping “refers to ways local stakeholders and communities can use their collective influence and creativity for the benefit of the city”. -ODT Online (Link)

I received an email from Anna Johnson, City Development Manager, City Planning. It’s an open message, received in good faith, it reads:

From: Anna Johnson
Date: Tuesday, 6 December 2011 2:18 p.m.
To:‘Elizabeth Kerr’
Subject: Spatial Plan consultation

Dear Elizabeth,

It was brought to my attention recently that there has been some discussion at [What if? Dunedin…] blog about the Draft Spatial Plan and I saw your response on the ODT website.*

I just wanted to extend a personal invitation for you and anyone else who might be interested who hasn’t already come to one of the information sessions, to meet with us and find out more detail about what is being proposed in the Draft Spatial Plan, ask questions, engage in debate, and formulate ideas that they hopefully will include in a submission on the Draft to be heard by Councillors. We are happy to find a time and place that suits people.

I also wanted to say that we genuinely want to engage in a discussion about the direction set by the Draft Spatial Plan and what it might mean later in terms of changes to the District Plan or other actions that might be used to implement it. It is important that people realise this is a draft and that we do want people’s input into it. This is part of any overall move to consult much earlier in the process – on overall outcomes we want, prior to formulating the detail next year and continuing the consultation process on that detail. As a team we recognise there is a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion in this community that we want to tap into and listen to. We don’t think we have got it all right the first time. We also think that a successful outcome will require a high degree of buy-in, collaboration and partnership across the government, community, and private sectors.

I note you may have specific concerns regarding development in the rural environment, urban sprawl, and urban design more broadly. As always we value your input, and that of others, in these matters. While I appreciate and understand that people have genuine concerns about development and outcomes that have occurred in the past, all I can say is that we are wanting to ensure that any mistakes of the past are not repeated and that we have a stronger and, hopefully widely agreed, framework going forward to ensure that we end up with a Dunedin that is a fantastic place to live for current and future residents/ generations.

We hope you take up the opportunity to get involved at this stage and future stages of consultation and I am sure you will have valuable knowledge and creative ideas to contribute. I also hope you share this open invitation with others who might be interested

Yours faithfully,


Anna Johnson, City Development Manager, City Planning
Dunedin City Council

50 The Octagon, Dunedin
PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand
Telephone: 03 477 4000; Fax: 03 474 3451

*Links added by the What if? editors.

DCC Draft Spatial Plan Information
Deadline for public submissions: 13/1/2012

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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