A 2012 visual rendering of the planned hotel
Plans for a $100 million waterfront hotel have taken a
step forward with the Dunedin City Council and developers
signing a memorandum of understanding, it has been announced
If solutions to "connectivity issues" can be reached the
project will go to a new urban design panel.
After that there would be provision for a plan change which
would allow the hotel to proceed.
The DCC said in a statement the agreement establishes "a
framework and a process to address issues" after Betterways'
application to build a 27-storey, five-star hotel at 41 Wharf
Street was declined resource consent in June last year.
Dunedin mayor Dave Cull said since then the council had
worked with the developer "to find whether a hotel can
be constructed on this site that both realises Betterways'
investment ambitions and benefits the city."
A key focus has been "connectivity issues" around pedestrian
access to and from the hotel and its impact on traffic on the
If a solution to this can be found, the DCC will set up an
urban design panel "to provide independent design review and
"Urban design panels are widely used in other centres. We're
really delighted to have an opportunity to use this
successful formula here in Dunedin, and on such an important
project for the city," Mr Cull says.
Once the design panel and DCC staff members were satisfied
the new hotel proposal had resolved the issues, the DCC would
initiate a District Plan Change process to change the zoning
of the Wharf Street site from industrial so a panel-approved
design could be built on the site.
Any development proposal would still be subject to the
Resource Management Act.
One of Betterways' owners, Jing Song, said: "After a very
challenging two years, we are delighted that the Council has
shown a commitment to our investment in this beautiful city.
"We know our hotel plans are exciting for Dunedin and we are
very pleased to have established a framework to deliver a
hotel that meets the desires of the local community."
The council agreed to sign the MoU during the non-public part
of its meeting on February 24.
Betterways will make a decision about whether to pursue its
appeal when the process agreed through the MoU has advanced
enough to show that the proposal will be supported by the