The man promoting a $100 million waterfront hotel in Dunedin
has produced new images of what the 28-storey tower would
look like, but ruled out using a tethered balloon to
demonstrate its height.
Betterways Advisory Ltd director Steve Rodgers said the
company had been asked by committee chairman Cr Colin
Weatherall to provide five pieces of information before the
hotel's resource consent hearing resumed next month.
The company had been given until last Friday to provide the
information, which included the new images, an assessment of
environmental effects covering construction and wind
disturbance, a report from a recognised landscape expert and
a demonstration of the hotel's height.
So far, Betterways has complied with only one of the
requests, to provide additional images, but has ruled out a
demonstration of the hotel's height.
It had been suggested a tethered balloon, or a hovering
helicopter, might be used to show how high above its
surroundings the hotel would soar.
However, the company had investigated and ruled out options
including a balloon, helicopter and even a crane, Mr Rodgers
''Betterways will not do this as it cannot see how using a
helicopter with dimensions of 4m by 10m ... can give any
reasonable idea of a building that is 70m wide by 98m high.
''The cost to provide this exceeds the benefit,'' he said.
The company would also not provide any additional evidence
from a landscape expert, as it was felt the committee had ''a
sufficient factual basis to form their own view'', based on
evidence already presented, Mr Rodgers said.
''A number of witnesses have given evidence already about the
design and form of the building, and it is to be expected
that opinions will differ on that subject.''
However, Betterways was working with other companies to
provide the other information requested, including the
assessments of wind and construction effects, he said.
Work on the construction assessment had been disrupted by the
''upheaval'' within the industry caused by the collapse of
Mainzeal Property and Construction, but was expected to be
completed next week, he said.
A wind assessment would also be provided to the committee
''as soon as it is completed'', he said.
Cr Weatherall has already said it was up to Betterways to
decide to what extent it complied with the committee's
request for additional information.
The committee was expected to invite all 507 hotel submitters
to have another say on the new information before the
adjourned hearing resumed on March 18.
Mr Rodgers remained confident of a ''positive decision''.