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A series of papers on "issues and options" for a new district
plan were released by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and city
development manager Dr Anna Johnson yesterday.
While options ranged from residential to commercial
development, the council was open to any suggestions from the
public, Dr Johnson said.
Mr Cull said most of the present plan, which was developed in
the early 1990s, was up for revision, although recent
revisions, such as hazardous substances, earthworks and
transportation revisions, and the stadium and harbourside
plan changes, would not be changed.
The review would update parts of the plan that were unclear
or not working, recognise changes to land use and development
in Dunedin, and align the plan with changes to national
policy and the recently adopted spatial plan, he said.
Three of the main changes centred around rezoning the
warehouse precinct to allow inner-city living and creative
industry, putting stronger controls in place to keep
industrial land affordable and restrict encroaching retail,
and increasing well-designed in-fill and multi-unit
Dr Johnson said the council needed feedback from those who
regularly used the plan, such as developers, planners,
lawyers and designers, but the changes affected other
The series of short papers were developed over a year based
partially on submissions to the spatial plan process.
Dr Johnson said district plans were by nature detailed
technical documents and some of the issues and options
reflected technical solutions which would mainly be of
interest to people who regularly used the plan.
However, a summary paper on how proposed changes to the plan
might affect homeowners in urban areas was available.
The papers and a questionnaire for people to fill in were
available on the council's website, at the council and public
libraries. People had until March to provide feedback.
The plan was expected to be publicly notified in early 2014,
with public submissions sought and hearings to follow.