The Environment Court has given the developers of Dunedin's
proposed waterfront hotel until the end of April to conclude
talks with the Dunedin City Council.
It has also ordered developers Betterways Ltd to advise the
other parties involved, including hotel opponent Capri
Enterprises Ltd, and the court whether it is prepared to
discuss the issue of the hotel's height in mediation.
Betterways has appealed against the council's 2013 decision
not to grant resource consent for the 27-storey, $100 million
hotel, but the appeal is on hold while talks with the council
The talks cover connections across arterial roads and railway
lines from the proposed hotel to the city centre.
Capri last month sought direction from the court on any
potential mediation, saying it believed it would only have
some purpose if the developers were prepared to discuss the
Betterways told the court the ''key issue'' remained
connectivity between the proposed hotel and the central
business district, and company director Jing Song recently
appeared to step back from an earlier offer to compromise on
the hotel's height, telling the Otago Daily Times
there were no alternative plans on the table.
Betterways had requested the court give it until March 28 to
announce its next move.
A minute issued by Judge Jon Jackson late last week directed
Betterways to report to the court by the end of April and
indicate if it was willing to discuss the height in
It noted Capri's position that any connections from the
proposed hotel to the CBD would need further resource
consents and thus were not the subject of this proceeding.
Christchurch barrister John Hardie represents Capri
Enterprises Ltd, whose sole director is the chairman of
Scenic Circle Hotels, Earl Hagaman.