Significant Tree: 23 Church St, Mosgiel

The applicant (LUC-2014-579) wanting to remove a Significant Tree is none other than Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board member Martin Dillon.

His profile at the DCC website:
Martin Dillon profile, Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board 1

Significant Tree – 23 Church Street, Mosgiel – LUC-2014-579

Closes: 16/01/2015

Notification of Application for a Resource Consent – Under Section 93(2) of the Resource Management Act 1991.

The Dunedin City Council has received the following application for Resource Consent:

Application description
To remove a tree that is listed in the Dunedin City District Plan under Schedule 25.5 as T068 (English elm).

Related documents
LUC-2014-579 Public Notice (PDF, 33.8 KB)
This document is the Public Notice for Resource Consent application LUC-2014-579

LUC-2014-579 Submission form (PDF, 92.4 KB)
This document can be used to make a submission regarding Resource Consent application LUC-2014-579

LUC-2014-579 Application (PDF, 1.8 MB)
This document is a scanned copy of the application for resource consent LUC-2014-579

Notified resource consent details

Closing date

Consent number
Significant tree – 23 Church Street, Mosgiel – LUC-2014-579

Name of applicant
M L & M C Dillon [Martin Dillon]

Location of site
23 Church Street, Mosgiel, being that land legally described as Lot 1 Deposited Plan 9558, held in Computer Freehold Register OT412/28

Address for service
M L & M C Dillon, 23 Church Street, Mosgiel 9024.

Online submission form

Making a submission

IMPORTANT: If you wish to make a submission on this application you may do so by sending a written submission to the consent authority, Dunedin City Council at PO Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin, 9058 Attn: City Planning, no later than 5:00 pm on the closing date shown.

The submission must be dated, signed by you, and include the following information:
1. Your name and postal address and phone number/fax number;
2. Details of the application in respect of which you are making the submission including location;
3. Whether you support, oppose, or are neutral towards the application;
4. Your submission, with reasons;
5. The decision you wish the consent authority to make;
6. Whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission.

Please note: If you make your submission by electronic means, a signature is not required.
An acknowledgment of your submission will be sent by post when the submission is accepted as complete. The application may be viewed at the City Planning Enquiries Desk, Customer Service Centre on the Ground Floor, Civic Centre, 50 The Octagon.
A copy of your submission must also be served as soon as reasonably practicable on the applicant at the address for service detailed on the public notices, available above.

DCC Link

DCC on Significant Trees

Dunedin City District Plan — Schedule 25.3 Significant Trees (PDF, 275.6 KB)

Related Post and Comments:
15.5.14 Significant Tree: 28A Heriot Row
22.2.13 DCC: Significant Trees

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under DCC, Democracy, Heritage, Name, New Zealand, People, Politics, Property, Town planning, Urban design

13 responses to “Significant Tree: 23 Church St, Mosgiel

  1. Wingatui Flyer

    The tree Hater or tree Hugger . This is not the first time that a significant tree that Mr. Dillon didn’t like has disappeared. He is also a member of the pool trust that are proposing to locate the new pool in the Mosgiel Memorial park site, that will require the removal of at least 20 significant trees.

  2. Anonymous

    To be honest, I’d want that tree removed too.
    On the Mosgiel pool site, Seddon Park is the better location, no tree removal needed and better synergy with existing sporting facilities.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    One might have said that there were better sites for what is now the Fubar Stadium. Not that there were any better sites from the point of view of those who owned not-in-demand land down Awatea St way….

  4. Whippet

    It has been suggested that Mr Dillon’s tree stands in the way of him subdividing the property for ownership flats. Once a developer, always a developer. Money first, second and third. And to hell with the tree.

  5. Elizabeth

    Commissioner Allan Cubitt, who will decide on whether the tree can be removed, adjourned the hearing, saying he planned to visit the site next week.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 13 Feb 2015
    Troublesome tree should stay – council
    By Vaughan Elder
    An elm has caused a nightmare for some residents of a Mosgiel street, but the owner’s plans to cut it down have been opposed by Dunedin City Council staff. Church St resident Martin Dillon is applying for resource consent to remove a 40m to 45m English elm on his property and his application was heard by the hearings committee yesterday.
    Read more

  6. Whippet

    It is not only the elm that has caused a nightmare in Mosgiel. Look no further than the pool trust and its hangers on.

  7. Brian Miller

    Mr Dillon’s remarks as reported in the ODT make for interesting reading. Council staff had their hands tied because the evaluation method they used placed too much weight on the health of trees and the wider community benefits etc, He hoped this issue would be sorted out as part of the development of Dunedin’s second generation plan.
    Could this sorting out be a forerunner to setting up the new pool site in Memorial Park where 20 plus magnificent trees stand in the way of where the pool trust wish to build their new pool. (Mr Dillon is a member of the pool trust)
    How will the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board (Mr Dillon is a member of the community board) respond to this. As most of the board members have a close association with the pool trust, will they in their submission to the next generation district plan favour their cronies on the pool trust to make it easier to rid Memorial Park of the trees that stand in the way of the pool trust’s plans, or support the wider community that they were elected to represent, and support the protection that the Memorial Park trees deserve?

  8. Elizabeth

    Mr Cubbitt has it both ways.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 27 Feb 2015
    Man wins right to fell troublesome tree
    By Vaughan Elder
    A Mosgiel man has won a battle to cut down a ”monster tree” in his backyard despite Dunedin City Council staff saying it should stay. Church St resident [and Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board member] Martin Dillon, who made a case for the 40m-45m English elm to get the chop at a council hearings committee earlier this month, was ”delighted” with the decision.
    Read more

  9. Brian Miller

    The commissioner for the hearing Mr Cubitt made the following as part of his decision in granting the removal of the significant tree.
    “I have considered a number of recent Council decisions on the scheduled tree removal applications and have concluded that there is no inconsistency with this decision.”
    How interesting that the applicant in this case sat as a commissioner on a significant tree hearing on 5/11/2014 that granted the removal of a tree, and twelve days later on the 17/11/2014 made an application to have a significant tree removed from his property. It would appear that it helps an application if you can be in a position to maintain consistency.

  10. Elizabeth

    A perceived conflict of interest.

  11. Tom

    Brian. Surely it had not entered Mr Dillon’s mind until after the 5/11/2014 to have his tree removed. After all Mr Dillon is pillar of Mosgiel’s society, a long-time community board representative in the area, who would have had an understanding of how the process worked. He would’ve surely declared his interest as a commissioner if he had been planning to remove his own significant tree from his property before the 5/11/2014. Wouldn’t he?

  12. Whippet

    Yeah Right.
    Make a good Tui ad Tom.

  13. Wingatui Flyer

    Two trees on this site are being prepared to meet their end. (Watch this space).

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