A policy enabling rates remission for voluntarily protected
land has been amended by the Dunedin City Council's finance,
strategy and development committee.
At its meeting yesterday, the committee also considered the
first two applications for rates remissions made under the
policy, which was adopted during the 2003-04 annual plan
A $432 remission was granted to Dieter Dunkel, Lutz Ritter
and Sandra Clair, as the owners of a 23.6ha Highcliff Rd
property, of which 9ha was voluntarily protected for
The committee declined an application by Robert White and
Ruth Goldsmith for a $292 remission on their 15.5ha Deborah
Bay property, of which 13ha was protected.
When the property was bought, a condition of consent required
part of the land to be protected for conservation, therefore
the application failed policy criteria in relation to
An amendment to the policy was made because, since its
adoption, there have been legislation changes, which
superceded parts of the policy.
The amended policy provided for the exclusive inclusion of
areas of significant conservation value and simplified the
application process for rates remission.