The developer of a Mosgiel subdivision has won approval from
the Dunedin City Council for family-themed street names,
despite concerns the council's road-naming policy was failing
its first test.
Councillors at yesterday's infrastructure services committee
meeting voted to allow Gladstone Oaks developer Rennie Logan
to name one street Prudence Pl, after his sister, and an
access way Karen Lane, after his wife.
The names continued a family theme which began when he named
the subdivision's main road Irwin Logan Dr, after his father,
who was the original landowner, a GP and former Mosgiel
borough deputy mayor.
It had continued with the naming of other lanes in the
development after Irwin Logan's grandchildren, before the
council adopted a new road naming policy in December last
The policy emphasised names should reflect a common or
established theme, a historical person or event, a
significant feature, a traditional or appropriate Maori name,
or a personal name to recognise special service.
A staff report to yesterday's meeting said the proposed names
did not meet the requirements of the policy, and council land
information team leader Rob Garrett told councillors the
situation was "a little bit tricky".
The developer had a long-standing intention to use family
names, but a formal request for the latest examples had come
after the new policy was adopted, he said.
His proposed names also had the support of the Mosgiel Taieri
Most councillors appeared happy to grant Mr Logan's request,
but Crs Kate Wilson, Jinty MacTavish and Teresa Stevenson all
opposed the names.
Cr Stevenson said the Irwin Logan Dr name was fitting, but
others were less so.
Cr MacTavish said the names were not "particularly
appropriate" and did not fit the new policy.
"We have just adopted a policy and the very first time we
have got some names coming to us, we are not sticking by our
However, Cr John Bezett was happy to support the names,
saying in his view the policy's rules were intended to
control the naming of major roads, not "a couple of minor
Mayor Dave Cull said the main purpose of a road name was to
ensure it was unique and people could find it, and the
council would be "arrogant" if it overruled the community
Councillors voted 9-3 to accept the names, but the decision
requires final approval at the next full council meeting on