A key component of Dunedin's Warehouse Precinct
Revitalisation Plan - making Crawford and Cumberland Sts
two-way - has been shelved because of its controversial
nature and a lack of funding.
But city council staff say it is not vital anyway, as
momentum behind the reuse of buildings in the city's historic
warehouse precinct continues to grow without the roads being
Road Transport Association lower South Island representative
Alan Cooper was pleased to hear the proposal was off the
table, even if only temporarily.
''It was a stupid idea anyway. They'd be better putting that
money into doing up the buildings.''
The council will reword its plan to instead look at
''options'' for reducing the negative impacts of Crawford and
Cumberland Sts, which are one-way arterial routes on either
side of the warehouse district.
It had been proposed they be converted into two-way streets,
with Cumberland St becoming the main arterial route through
The $5.7 million changes were to have been a feature of the
While $80,000 was allocated by the council towards further
investigation this financial year, substantially more would
have been required from the New Zealand Transport Agency to
make that possible.
The council and the NZTA co-operated on an initial
investigation into the feasibility of the proposal, but the
NZTA signalled it did not meet criteria for funding in the
current three-year national land transport programme, meaning
the next step could not proceed without substantially more
funding from the council.
A report that went to councillors this week said the proposal
had been the most controversial aspect of the revitalisation
Coupled with the inability to attract NZTA funding in the
short term, the report suggested the wording of the plan be
changed to consider alternatives for improving the
environment in those streets instead of making the streets
The council's acting urban design team leader, Dr Glen
Hazelton, said although opposition during the consultation
period on the plan was limited, the proposal had attracted
substantial negative feedback in the media and during the
council's long-term budget process last year.
Further work on the proposal will now be delayed until after
the development of the council's transport strategy, which
will be consulted on later this year.
Council staff will discuss the two-waying with NZTA as part
of the development of the strategy and funding set aside for
the project will be carried forward.
''Rather than an abandonment of the project, this should be
seen as looking at a range of options for improving the
environment in Crawford and Cumberland Sts ... and an
avoiding of `placing all eggs in one basket','' Dr Hazelton