Restricting parking and operating hours for a proposed new
business in the warehouse precinct seems to be at odds with
the Dunedin City Council's plans to attract more people to
the area, planner Louise Taylor says.
Dunedin developer Lawrie Forbes has applied to convert the
former two-storey Rogan McIndoe building at 76 Vogel St into
a cafe and homeware store with a possible function room
His non-notified resource consent application was heard by a
panel of Dunedin city councillors, Andrew Noone (chairman),
David Benson-Pope and Lee Vandervis yesterday.
Council planner Amy Young said while retail activity was not
included in the warehouse precinct plan, the plan was not
embedded in the District Plan and the project would have no
more than minor effects on the environment.
The council proposed conditions to the consent, including the
function room not being used between 11am and 3pm to reduce
the impact on kerbside parking, and restrictions on the size
of signage, as no ''billboard''-size signage was wanted in
She strongly recommended the applicant look at providing
on-site parking and a condition allowing for a review of
parking in future would be supported, she said.
Mr Forbes' tenant, Riah McLean, told the hearing the
''function room'', which could seat about 50, would be an
area to expand the cafe business into if necessary during
busy lunchtimes and weekends.
It also kept the option open of doing small wedding
receptions and parties.
''First and foremost, it is for the expansion of the cafe,
not a party room.''
In answer to a question from Mr Benson-Pope, she said the
homewares she planned to sell included new ranges of
furniture, retro-vintage furniture, rugs and cushions.
Mr Forbes said the second floor had been designed so it could
also be two apartments or offices in the future and the
latest design included a balcony to give indoor-outdoor flow,
whatever its use.
Ms Taylor, of Mitchell Associates, Mr Forbes' planner, said
those who could be affected by the business, including the
building next door, which was being converted into four
apartments, had given their approval for the project.
The owner and lessee would operate within the District Plan
noise restrictions but continued to seek a larger sign than
allowed, she said.
They were willing to compromise by reducing the proposed size
from 5.76sqm to 3.6sqm, or 1.8m wide, she said.
However, no car parks were available on the cafe site and as
the city council was planning to make changes to parking from
all-day to short-term, two-hour parking, it should not be a
problem, she said.
''We cannot live with controlling the hours to 11am to 3pm,
as it would not make the businesses commercially viable.''
While the city council was concerned about the alignment of
windows on the building's frontage, a lot of work had been
done to make the layout of the cafe work economically so it
was very important to retain the proposed window widths, she
Wide windows were needed to bring light into the building and
promote the connection to street and the view of the Donald
Reid building opposite.
The restoration of the building and the new business would
contribute to the revitalisation and vibrancy of the
warehouse district, she said.
The hearing was adjourned yesterday to allow the panel to
make a site visit. A decision will be released at a later