41 Wharf Street —DCC ends debacle

Fear not! More costly settlement is due.
There’s the perplexing State Highway 88 Realignment Project for Council to conclude with affected parties damaged by foul-play planning activity, and the new round of ‘proper’ designation! This will make Mr Barnett’s cheque seem like a 4% discount fuel voucher ripped from a mile-long supermarket receipt for your best ever, most hair-raising Christmas shop!

### ODT Online Tue, 27 Aug 2013
Apology, payout to developer
By Debbie Porteous
Dunedin developer Tim Barnett has received a public apology and a $200,000 payout following a lengthy battle to recover his costs after the Dunedin City Council restricted his ability to develop his harbourside property. The property, at 41 Wharf St, has since been sold to developers who are hoping to build a 27-storey hotel on it.

41 Wharf Street, Dunedin 1 (DCC WebMap)41 Wharf Street, Dunedin [DCC WebMap]

DCC chief executive Paul Orders yesterday apologised to Mr Barnett, of Arthur Barnett Properties, for the inconvenience caused by the council’s decision-making since 2008. The formal apology, issued by Mr Orders yesterday, read:

”Council apologises for the inconvenience, and also thanks Mr Barnett for working with council in good faith as the parties explored options over some years. Mr Barnett has a long history of commitment to the city of Dunedin. Council trusts that the good working relationship that has developed between Mr Barnett and the council over the years will continue.”

The $200,000 covers Mr Barnett’s out-of-pocket costs (just under $118,000), the interest on his costs ($41,000) and a contribution to his legal fees during his lengthy attempt to first remove the restrictions on developing the site and then recover from the council the cost of those restrictions.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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3 responses to “41 Wharf Street —DCC ends debacle

  1. Hype O'Thermia

    Isn’t this another portion of Harland’s rich legacy – the harbour cafes and apartments, people strolling around or sitting at outdoor tables sipping a coffee or a glass of wine, wearing Dunedin Look army greatcoats and balaclavas to protect them from the bitter wind?

  2. Why did it fall to Paul Orders to do the apologising? He had ‘bugger all’ to do with the whole nonsense. Cull was the most ardent ‘cheerleader’ saying “We should roll out the red carpet, not the red tape.” Why didn’t he do the apologising?

    • Operational. The issues occurred via the plan change and appeal process for which the DCC chief executive is responsible. As Hype says, a hang over from the Harland era. I’d prefer an apology via Paul Orders rather than Him Jarland any day!

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