A plan to stage redevelopment of the long-running and
controversial John Wilson Ocean Dr project over three years
was lost at this weeks' Dunedin City Council council draft
annual plan meeting, despite a last-minute push by deputy
mayor Chris Staynes.
The stretch of scenic seaside road beside St Kilda beach will
go to the city's residents for public consultation with its
full, almost $500,000, price tag planned to fall within the
next financial year.
Mr Staynes told the meeting completing the project in two
halves, the first in the 2011-12 year and the second in the
2013-14 year, would help the council manage its borrowing.
A decision councillors hoped would resolve the long-running
saga over the road was made last week, when the council voted
to spend $487,519 to develop the road into a shared space for
motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and others, install a
mechanical arm to control vehicle access to the road, as well
as other additional improvements.
The idea of staging the work did not gain majority support
from councillors, who were concerned about the already
extended time the issue had taken to be resolved, and the
original option will go for public consultation, and hearings
from May 4.