DCC Draft Annual Plan 2014/15 Submissions due by 15 April

### ODT Online Fri, 11 Apr 2014
Draft budget feedback pretty good: council
By Chris Morris
The Dunedin City Council says feedback on its draft budget has been “pretty good” despite some disappointing turnouts at public meetings in recent weeks. The council concluded a series of eight public meetings and drop-in sessions with a discussion of cycleway and road-widening work on Otago Peninsula at the Edgar Centre on Tuesday night.
Public submissions on the council’s 2014-15 draft annual plan were “flooding in now” and had reached 427 by late yesterday, council corporate planner Jane Nevill said. That was well above the 262 submissions received by the council on its 2013-14 draft budget.
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DRAFT DCC ANNUAL PLAN 2014/2015
The draft annual plan sets out the Council’s proposed annual budgets and performance measures for 2014/15 and updates the information for the 2014/15 year that in contained in the Council’s ten year plan or Long Term Plan (LTP) which was put in place last year.
Please tell DCC whether you agree or disagree with spending priorities for 2014/15 outlined in the draft plan by making a submission.
The consultation period is your opportunity to “Have Your Say” about what you want to see included in the Council’s plans.

Submissions close at 5pm, Tuesday 15 April 2014.
Timeframes and Meeting times

█ Read more (with downloads):
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-annual-plan-2014-2015

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40 responses to “DCC Draft Annual Plan 2014/15 Submissions due by 15 April

  1. Ray

    Whatever you do DCC, stop spending on your pet projects for just one month and see how much money you could save.

    • Ray Ray… Pet projects are so last council. Now we have special precincts and street improvements, hotels, pools, lots of bikes, a digital office, and food resilience. All thoroughly necessary for economic growth.

      • Ray

        Well said Elizabeth

        • Most days instead… I dream of new processing plants, taking all that first-rate rural product (including logs) and introducing it to great Kiwi designers and engineers… and with the help of a motivated (‘crafted and apprenticed’) Dunedin workforce making it worth something $huge before shipping it out by sea or air to cleverly researched diverse global markets to help New Zealand’s export receipts.
          It’s what you do in a small country town like Dunedin, a place that has the history of a stable workforce, with an Auckland population to tap that needs affordable housing with lower site values… and hey we might have to intensify our city blocks to cope using best design solutions with (again, affordable) Real Neighbourhood Amenity.
          No wonder I can’t sleep with the Cull Council eternally struggling to work to Dunedin’s wider strengths.
          Amen.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        My parents, their neighbours, nearly everyone who wasn’t a bit of a dill had a vege garden. It was natural to me to plant some veges even in the small patches of sad soil of the student flats I lived in, and the first thing to do after moving into my own house. I saw people of the next generation doing the same in rented places. Ten years later others in their late teens, early twenties were doing the same. Then suddenly it became New!! Revolutionary!! Virtuous!! no longer a rather untrendy way of having good fresh food cheap.
        At the same time information became easier to obtain, questions easier to ask: it’s the internet, stupid!
        And at this point the council jumped onto a moving bandwagon.

        Something else they did was spend time picketty-picking about bees – what if someone got stung by an urban bee?

        There is somewhat of a link between bees and fruitfulness. I’m delighted to see that a small company now provides “fully serviced” beehives.

        “Sustainability” is something the DCC could faff off out of, saving money for something useful like paying off debt. Or allowing / not impeding destruction of possums, rabbits and wasps. Perhaps that’s the Regional Council’s patch. If so, same applies. No argy-bargy, and remember that wasting council time angsting over whose job it is = wasting money:
        “I rang again.
        This time I was told there was some dispute as to which council department should be dealing with this particular problem.
        They would ring me back forthwith.
        I waited a couple more weeks……”
        http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/298056/still-nervous-barely-wasp-sight

  2. Elizabeth; you said it. If only our muppets could see that the best assistance they could give to commerce and industry would be to get out of the way and let it happen. They are not skilled in what is required yet still have this urge to interfere. Do the strategic infrastructure, get the city’s services functioning efficiently at the lowest possible cost and get the hell out of the way. It could then just be that enterprise will emerge and do the business. Other than that, it’s more bikes, more spending, more debt, higher costs and shrinking activity. Simple really.

  3. While on the subject of restrictive interference one might like to look at the article on page 12 in Saturday’s ODT. It highlights exactly the problem facing any growth chances in Dunedin. The fact that three muppets, Crs Andrew Noone, Kate Wilson and Bendin’ Grope are to be the arbitrators makes it even more ludicrous. Staff will tell them anything they like and how can they argue? As Hilary Calvert implies, the game is rigged.

    {information added -Eds}

    ### ODT Online Sun, 13 Apr 2014
    Development stalled over soil test
    By Debbie Porteous
    A company developing a small Ravensbourne site is awaiting a decision from the Dunedin City Council on whether it will continue to require soil testing on the site before the project can go ahead.
    Read more

    • Whippet

      You are quite right Calvin. This begs the question. How did both the DCC and the ORC allow this possible contamination to happen. If this land in question is contaminated by a third party, with the owners believing (like the rest of us) that both the DCC and the ORC were meeting the obligations of their own policies and rules to ensure that third parties activities would be contained within their own boundaries.
      Does this now leave both the DCC and the ORC open to foot the bill for any clean up, because of their failure to ensure that this third party met its requirements, of keeping its activities and any discharges from those activities within their own boundaries.

  4. ### ODT Online on Sat, 12 Apr 2014
    Upgrade hit by shortfall
    By Debbie Porteous
    An upgrade of the main pedestrian thoroughfare linking the chief post office hotel development and central Dunedin might be on hold after the budget could not be stretched far enough. The work on the north section of Bond St is part of the first stage of general amenity upgrades of the historic warehouse and Exchange area and includes kerbing, pavements, cycle racks, lighting, trees and bespoke seats in some parts of Vogel, Jetty and Bond Sts. The council signed off $500,000 for the work last year, but because the lowest tender was higher than expected and there were unforeseen problems during construction, the north Bond St work would not be done unless extra funding was found, acting urban design team leader Glen Hazelton told councillors in a report to be considered on Monday.
    Read more

    Report – Council – 14/04/2014 (PDF, 433.9 KB)
    Warehouse Precinct Revitalisation Plan Amenity Improvements Works

    █ Agenda and Reports (including six-month financials for council companies) for the Monday 14 April Council meeting here.

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    BUDGET BLOWOUT
    Why are we not surprised………………….
    Struck concrete, stormwaters… not enough money left to finish street work in Bond Street near the former CPO (all foreseeable that’s why we BUDGET correctly and build in contingency – who was the industry-experienced long-in-the-tooth PM on this ???)… oh wait, there’s another $80,000 budget not spent (transportation operations budget) – let’s use that.
    Bloody crazy. Nothing is real at DCC, all mass blunders slide across the accounting lines, and the chief executive isn’t fixing it.

    ### dunedintv.co.nz April 10, 2014 – 7:25pm
    Warehouse precinct work under budget scrutiny
    Budget pressures on a Dunedin City Council upgrade of the historic warehouse precinct mean work near the former chief post office is in doubt. The council will debate the issue on Monday, and may be keen to keep the work going in an area on the rise.
    Video

    • Only $60,000 was needed to finish the basic work, but councillors agreed to use the whole $80,000 available to install more lighting and/or a few trees in the street.

      ### ODT Online Tue, 15 Apr 2014
      Underspend goes to Bond St project
      By Debbie Porteous
      In a move rarely used since the Dunedin City Council starting cracking down on spending, councillors have agreed to use underspend to complete a project, rather than to pay back debt. The council agreed yesterday to spend an $80,000 underspend in its transportation operations capital expenditure budget – money saved on a central city paving project – to complete improvements in the northern section of Bond St in the city’s historic area.
      Read more

      • Only $60,000 was needed to complete the basic work. But hey! why not guild the lily a little bit. Toss in another $20,000 and do a proper job says Bendin Grope. After all, we have the money. The fact that it was earmarked for debt reduction is of little consequence. Everyone knows that the consolidated debt is only ($622m) and the interest bill on that runs near – at 6% – $37.320m per annum. So “what’s the problem again, I’ve lost my train of thought”? Says Mayor Dave Cull. And we wonder why Dunedin has a problem.

        • Hype O'Thermia

          So 25% of the amount that was supposed to go towards debt is chucked like spare change into a busker’s hat, into, oh, trees or extra lights or something, jeez, it’s not worth picking the spare change up off the floor eh.

      • [I’ve always thought curb protrusions in curvy concrete the height of vernacular fashion]
        This ‘amenity’ is utter bullshit. The design of all is SHITE.

        ### dunedintv.co.nz April 15, 2014 – 7:16pm
        Street upgrades given the green light
        Street upgrades in the warehouse precinct, in doubt because of budget pressures, have been given the green light.
        Video

        • Ray

          This is a rubbish way to spend our money and usually involves the loss of car parks because cities are not meant to have too many cars according to some crazy people…

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Thu, 31 Jul 2014
      Warehouse precinct becoming the place to live
      By Debbie Porteous
      The “maturing” of Dunedin’s warehouse precinct is driving growth in demand for inner-city apartments, which is viewed as an exciting development for the city.
      Read more

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      See more comments at these posts:
      ● 17.7.14 John Wickliffe House – resource consent to paint exterior
      ● 22.6.14 Vogel Street Heritage Precinct (TH13)
      ● 20.1.14 DCC Draft Annual Plan 2014/15
      ● 27.7.13 Heritage: Old BNZ, Dunedin —restored
      ● 23.7.13 158 Rattray Street (Tai Ping), suspicious fire?
      ● 19.2.11 Reed Building, 75 Crawford Street for demolition?

      █ Alternatively, enter the term *heritage* in the search box at right.

      • Elizabeth

        DCC Notice (invitation)

        ENVISION PRINCES STREET

        Building on the work of the Dunedin Central City Plan and the Warehouse Precinct Revitalisation Plan, attention is now turning to Princes Street. How can the DCC support business owners, building owners, and the community to re-invigorate this once thriving part of the city?

        Residents and businesses in the Princes Street area have been personally invited to participate in a “visioning” design workshop on 7 August.

        A workshop for general public will be held on Thursday 14 August 2014, 5.30 – 7.30pm at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

        RSVPs to centralcityplan @dcc.govt.nz are appreciated by 8 August.

        We want to hear your ideas and aspirations for the future of Princes Street!

        [Got your ratepayer chequebooks handy? Hugs and kisses, from DCC Debt-means-nothing-to-us Boffins]

        • Elizabeth

          Princes St planning under way
          http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/311278/princes-st-planning-underway

          I laugh, “under way” says DCC – Bulldozer Politics from Council Staff

          Comment at ODT Online:

          Get rid of debt
          Submitted by waynewhoever on Fri, 01/08/2014 – 9:27am.

          Would it not be more prudent of the DCC to get rid of debt before any implementation of improvements to pavements, road layout changes, parking and street lighting, the addition of more trees or other plants, public art or historic information about the area, bins, seating or cycle racks?

    • Elizabeth

      Here we go again, after the first budget bungle we thought things might improve for PM (project management). Rhetorical. This shows a further lack of DCC skill and experience. The effect is rather cumulative between the CBD and South Dunedin’s King Edward St.

      (ODT) “Four holes carefully dug for planting trees in Bond St in Dunedin were just as carefully refilled this week after it was discovered they were too close to underground electrical cables….”

      IMG_20140920_150512ODT 20.9.14 (page 5)

      Note the redeveloped Stavely Building with scaffolding removed (apartments), corner Bond and Jetty Sts.

      http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/316553/holes-trees-refilled-due-error

      More Stavely images at https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/no-temporary-cover-historic-stavely-building-of-dunedin/#comment-54178

      • Elizabeth

        SOUTH DUNEDIN
        DCC made the fatal mistake of using Beca and traffic solutions before thinking Community, socioeconomics and real jobs (as well as fighting runaway big box retail, and the loss of Hillside and Carisbrook when, historically, times were right to do so). DCC has been performing a relentless planning assault on South Dunedin through arrogance and sheer incompetence. Fire the ‘urban design team’ and crimp the powers of transportation planning – end all cosyness with the diabolical Beca.

        Fewer car parks, shopowners say
        King Edward St has been beautified but business owners say a lack of parking is driving customers away. Star Reporter Jonathan Chilton-Towle spoke to business owners about the parking and what they think needs to be done.Fewer car parks, shopowners say.

        http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/316473/fewer-car-parks-shopowners-say

        • Again, the DCC manages to lose sight of what makes a business area tick. Like it or not motor cars are the number one mode of transport. They are what gets people there in the first place. Deny them the ability to park said cars, and then shop is the right way to destroy the businesses established there. Could it be that this is the DCC’s intention all along? Do they want to drive the public away? Or is it just another case of “planners” being besotted with their incompetence to understand the basics of human behaviour? These institution trained “meddlers and do gooders” are jobs that the DCC could well dispense with. Get out of the way and give the people a chance to do their own thing and make a living. What good is the beautification process if it results in no people and the ultimate gentrification of the area? The mind boggles.

        • Elizabeth

          The banking hub at King Edward St may survive due to its own private parks – this and health-related practices are the anchor for the shopping centre as a whole. Treat these well, the rest follows.
          Utterly sick of the BS from DCC. This is the most unrecognisable (what identity??) and incohesive (random) piece of urban design ever – in fact it doesn’t rate as urban design and never did. Turns out, it’s not even amenity. [sorry, my hobby horse]

        • Hype O'Thermia

          They seem to think they can force us to park somewhere else and do more walking, force us to cycle, force us to do things their planet-saving way. Nope. They can only do that if we have no alternatives. Should have checked for alternatives first.

          We WILL use cars if cars are what we have and use and prefer. We won’t necessarily use them to go to the same places we used to go to, not if it becomes too irritating (no parking spaces available, or parking too expensive). We’ll go to other shops, the least difficult to patronise. The marginal cost of periodically going farther afield to shop is lessened with every DCC spongy-pud-brained initiative. Got friends you haven’t seen for a while in Invercargill, Gore, Oamaru, Timaru, Christchurch? Combined shopping-socialising trips will work for you!

          We’ll shop and bank and interact with organisations, departments and bureaucracies by phone and online. The DCC needs to quit its failed program of social engineering at once while there are still some functioning businesses in this city.

        • Elizabeth

          Hype, you get a 3i’s future, what more do you need besides white collar crime, pet Ministers and smartphone tech and unlimited surveillance ?

          Sunday Star-Times 21.9.14 Editorial open letter (page A2)
          IMG_20140921_151940

  5. ### ODT Online Sun, 13 Apr 2014
    Council taking steps over encroachment work
    By Debbie Porteous
    The Dunedin City Council is working to improve the information available on its encroachment policy following recent public concerns about its approach. It has also reworded the notification letters it sends to property owners and is developing new information materials that will be posted on its website, sent to all Dunedin real estate agents and attached to notification letters. A note about the importance of getting boundaries correct before building and getting accurate property details before making a purchase was also included in the council’s most recent ratepayer newsletter.
    Read more

  6. WHAT AN ORDEAL
    I tried to submit on the DAP using DCC’s online submission form.

    Luckily I kept a Word file so I could regenerate the submission if the online process failed. Well, bingo! Fail it did. The file churned for over 10 minutes proper before 4:30 pm – I phoned Customer Services given the 5pm deadline was fast approaching. They gave me the email address that DCC had carefully removed from this year’s online documents:

    annual.plan @ dunedin.govt.nz

    So I recreated the form to some extent in an email and got the thing in at 4:53pm.

    Never again.

  7. SPOKES out in force. Mosgiel Pool poppers. Plus Jinty’s greenie headbang freaks voting on their feet for (shock horror) “food resilence”, “no drilling”, “no cars”, “Waipori Fund ethical investment” (like it doesn’t matter that councillors aren’t ethical all the time), “mass suicide by cycle on the One-ways” et al.

    “THERE IS NO DEBT AT Dee-Cee-Cee-ee” (sings)

    ### dunedintv.co.nz April 16, 2014 – 8:02pm
    [Draft] Annual plan submissions four times last year’s figure
    A brief lull in interest in Dunedin City Council affairs is over – annual plan submissions have topped 1000, more than four times last year’s figure.
    Video

  8. Dunedin City Council – Media Release
    More Than 1100 Submissions on 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan

    This item was published on 16 Apr 2014

    Residents have been keen to have their say on the Dunedin City Council’s 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan.
    Submissions on the DCC’s biggest consultation process for the year closed at 5pm yesterday, with about 1125 submissions received. DCC Corporate Planner Jane Nevill says this number is subject to final confirmation, such as ensuring there are no duplicate submissions. This figure does not include any late submissions and if any are received, the Council will decide next month whether to accept these.
    The DCC received 250 submissions between 5pm on Friday and 5pm on Monday and 390 yesterday. More than 80% of people chose to make a submission using an online form.
    The most popular submission topics include the sequencing of Portobello Road/Harington Point Road improvements, whether the DCC should have a formal ethical investment policy for its Waipori Fund and funding incentives to help owners of heritage buildings convert their buildings for a new use. All three of these issues were specifically mentioned on the submission form.
    Last year’s Draft Annual Plan attracted 262 submissions. In 2012/13, there were 1024 submissions.
    Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says the larger number of submissions received this year reflects the community’s interest in particular issues, such as heritage incentives.

    “We do appreciate the time and effort taken by people to express their views and these will be considered as part of the Annual Plan deliberations.”

    People who have indicated they want to speak to their submission will be heard when the DCC Annual Plan hearings are held from 7 May to 9 May. Deliberations and decision-making will occur from 14 May to 16 May. The 2014/15 Annual Plan will be adopted by the Council on 23 June.

    Contact Jane Nevill – Corporate Planner on 477 4000.

    DCC Link

    Flood of submissions to DCC
    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/299241/flood-submissions-dcc

  9. Cycle paths, footpaths and wider roads are making life easier for peninsula residents, but are these projects coming at the expense of birdlife and important fish species?

    ### ODT Online Fri, 18 Apr 2014
    Will road harm harbour life?
    By Dan Hutchinson – The Star
    Save The Otago Peninsula (Stop) is worried wildlife could be affected by road-widening and safety improvements. The $27 million Portobello Rd and Harington Point Rd Improvements project aims to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists between Vauxhall and Harington Point.
    Read more

  10. The whole network – which is to cost about $4.5 million, with NZTA covering $3 million of that cost and DCC paying $1.5 million – is expected to be in place by July next year.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 19 Apr 2014
    Musselburgh gets a cycle lane
    By Debbie Porteous
    A separated cycle lane is to be installed on the north side of Musselburgh Rise through the Musselburgh shopping area, as part of the South Dunedin cycle network. The final design of the lane was decided last week, following consultation with affected property owners. The lane will be installed as part of the third construction stage of the cycle network, in early to mid-2015.
    Read more

  11. Hype O'Thermia

    Step 1:
    Define “community”.
    Step 2:
    Unless definition means “Over 1000 times more people who want to swim, than want to profit”, put on our collective wallet hardened steel padlocks and electronic locks with randomly generated passwords saved encrypted on a removable storage device held in a vault accessible only by a fully trustworthy person. My nomination goes to Brigadier (Retired) Dr Brian Thomas McMahon CBE, KStJ. Other suggestions welcome.

  12. [Aside – implementation!! mass improvement!!]
    Electronic changes for Dunedin library checkouts and returns. See DCC media release (29.4.14):

    http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/latest-news/april-2014/smart-moves-at-dunedin-public-libraries-set-to-speed-up-checkout

    • ### ODT Online Tue, 6 May 2014
      New tags for books
      Dunedin City Council is to upgrade the checkout technology at its libraries. Council arts and culture group manager Bernie Hawke said the upgrade from barcodes to radio frequency identification (RFID) tags would speed up checkouts, allow multiple items to be checked out at once and allow customers to pay fees and fines at the self-check machines. The technology would also help prevent theft.
      Read more

      • ### ODT Online Mon, 26 May 2014
        Restructuring for efficiency at libraries
        By Debbie Porteous
        Staffing at Dunedin libraries is being restructured in a bid to make the service more efficient. Dunedin City Council arts and culture group manager Bernie Hawke said the libraries department’s more than 130 (81.15 full time equivalents) staff were being consulted on a proposed structure change.
        Read more

        • ### dunedintv.co.nz May 26, 2014 – 7:28pm
          Dunedin public libraries receive new technology
          The Dunedin City Council introduced new technology to its main library today, as part of a million dollar project. It is securing electronic tags to items and installing new self-checkout kiosks in all of Dunedin’s public libraries. The improvements are part of a plan to improve service standards so Dunedin residents can get reading faster.
          Video
          Video

        • Elizabeth

          Staffing had not been reviewed at the library since 1998.

          ### ODT Online Tue, 1 Jul 2014
          Jobs there ‘for everyone who wants to be placed’
          By Debbie Porteous
          The fates of 18 Dunedin Public Libraries staff will be known over the next few weeks following the ”disestablishment” of their jobs. Following a library staffing review over several months, the Dunedin City Council has removed 22 positions, affecting 18 people, and created 10 new positions across its public library service. With 10 positions vacant at present and two part-time fixed-term positions available, there was enough work for all the people whose positions were disestablished if they wanted it, arts and culture group manager Bernie Hawke said.
          Read more

  13. Featuring our Leader trying to be thoughtful.

    ### dunedintv.co.nz May 2, 2014 – 7:17pm
    Public submissions at a five year high
    The Dunedin public’s chance to tell the DCC exactly what it wants done where and when is about to take up three gruelling days of hearings. The city’s annual plan consultation begins next Wednesday, dealing with some weighty topics. And with public submissions at a five-year high, it has created an impressive amount of paper work.
    Video

  14. What an enormous waste of time! The budget is more or less set in the Draft form. There is no freeboard left financially, and as long as they are determined to go through with the stupid 10 10 10 economic development, the Spatial Plan and the cycling development, the only beef is the Mosgiel Pool. With no money, the only options are to tell everyone to ‘sod off’ or increase the deficit. Now, there’s a thought.

  15. amanda

    So the DCC has decided it wants to save $180,000 on library staff costs. How predictable, the DCC has so much debt but does not ‘cut back’ on the Stadium CEO Terry Davies’ salary. No-one on council is demanding Davies and his staff be removed from the ratepayers’ feeding trough. Gosh no. Terry gets paid $250,000 to tell Dunedin people that the stadium will work if only the stadium does not have to pay rent…no wonder the DCC has to scrape back ‘savings’ where they can. Sorry Library staff, you just do not have much voice in this town that’s too determined to prop up a Farry’s folly so that he and his fellow ‘business geniuses’ can continue on with their charade.

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