### ODT Online Sun, 18 Aug 2013
Sea changes in district plan?
Source: The Star
The effects of climate change and sea level rise are about to have an impact on Dunedin with a policy proposed for inclusion in the Dunedin City Council’s latest district plan. Dan Hutchinson looks at the ban on new development in southern suburbs and the risks to some of those low-lying areas.
A ban on new subdivisions in South Dunedin is proposed in the Dunedin City Council’s second-generation district plan while it looks for a solution to rising sea levels.
Large swathes of South Dunedin and surrounding suburbs are built on reclaimed swamp and some areas are only 30cm above the water table. One solution being considered is a series of wells, drains and pumps to artificially lower the water table throughout South Dunedin. Council sustainability adviser Maria Ioannou said the halt was a “holding pattern response” while they worked out what needed to be done. She said a report on engineering solutions to the problem was being finalised by staff but one option was to use a network of large pumps and drains. Staff were also working out a dollar value of the areas affected, including critical city assets like the Tahuna Wastewater Treatment Plant. Ms Ioannou said they did not want to “panic” people in the densely populated residential area and they were talking in time frames of 50 to 100 years.
Intensification? Relocating South Dunedin households? Raising building heights? The absolute extremes to consider at Vancouver…
[Say NO to the 27-storey apartment/hotel tower at 41 Wharf St]
### sustainablecitiescollective.com Posted August 12, 2013
Do High-Rise Towers Destroy Community?
By Jillian Glover
When I first moved into a high-rise condo tower in Downtown Vancouver several years ago, I remember my excitement at being able to enjoy great views of the city, a central location close to transit, and access to a pool, gym and sauna – just an elevator trip away. Unfortunately, I soon realised this lifestyle wasn’t for me.
I didn’t like being so close to all the action of downtown (the condo I lived in was next door to two stadiums popular for rock concerts and hockey games, and a Skytrain station where we could hear – loudly – the first and last train of the day); a lot of the people in my building were transient renters that weren’t very neighbourly; and ultimately, I wanted to live somewhere where I could step out my front door into a neighbourhood with a better sense of community at a smaller scale. I ended up moving to a duplex near a more bohemian, diverse, tight-knit community called Commercial Drive.
This is my personal experience living in a high-rise condo. It certainly does not reflect everyone’s experience. For example, my parents once lived in a fancy condo in Vancouver’s upscale Yaletown neighbourhood. Every morning and night, they witnessed spectacular sunrises and sunsets around English Bay, they knew many of their neighbours, a community open house for residents was held in the lobby twice a year, the concierge was a gem, the place was quiet, and every day they could step out their door and be near the seawall and several parks and beaches.
Regardless of one’s experience living in a high-rise residential tower, in many cities like Vancouver they are becoming difficult to build outside of the downtown core, where well-established neighbourhoods view them as a blight that will destroy community.
● Jillian Glover is Communications Chair of the Vancouver Public Space Network, and a former Vancouver City Planning Commissioner.
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