A corrected graphic of a new option, known as Option 1A,
for a new separated cycle lane in central Dunedin shows the
cycle lane on the right-hand side of the traffic going
north, between car parks and the footpath. Graphic by
A multi-storey development housing parking and businesses
is being considered for the Dunedin City Council-owned
Frederick St car park site.
A report sent to councillors this week reveals council staff
have already had discussions with several parties interested,
as tenants or developers, in a development on the site.
The report discusses three options for a separated cycle lane
through the central city, and a parking study done in the
It also considers possible ways to mitigate the potential
loss of car parks - the major public concern about any new
lanes - including possibly providing more commercial parking,
such as a parking building.
If the council chooses to provide about 100 extra parks on
side streets as suggested, the total number of car parks lost
to the lane would range from between 80 and 284 under the
Although a new parking building was not viewed as necessary
to address the loss of on-street parking caused by a
separated cycle lane, combined with proposed changes to the
district plan and other factors, the parking building project
might seem more attractive, council transportation planning
manager Sarah Connolly said.
The development discussed would provide space for both
parking and businesses with a direct connection to the nearby
Dunedin Hospital and health services, she said.
A concept design for the site showed a four-storey mixed-use
development could be built, with 228 car-parking spaces.
The council's present district plan already allowed a
building up to 40m high and a mixed-use development,
especially one that supported the growth of the hospital and
related services, would be strongly supported in proposed
changes to be incorporated in the next district plan.
Council staff working on that had already looked at the
potential of putting additional car parking on the site, as
the preference was for reducing residential parking
requirements in the city's campus area, which could result in
greater demand for on-street parking for residents and the
need to extend residential parking schemes.
That work was still under discussion and if the idea
progressed any further it would be brought to councillors in
a separate report.
The council could consider developing the Frederick St car
park site itself, or selling the land to a developer with
conditions on how it should be developed and leased, Ms
Connolly's report said.
A development could create additional car parking near the
hospital, university and Otago Museum, intensify land use and
improve urban amenity.
While there was no reason to promote it solely because of the
cycleway project, given the positives it was an idea that
might be considered in the future, she said.
The council will decide next week whether to endorse further
development of the three options.
The primary implications of the cycle lanes for the council
would be parking and maintenance.
Consultation showed generally that cyclists preferred a
one-way separated cycle lane at the right of the city's
one-way State Highway 1 pair, with no parking on that side
(option 1), while the general public preferred a single
two-way cycle lane through the area, also with no parking
alongside it (option 2).
This week the council and the NZTA introduced a third option
that would resolve some of the concerns of businesses and
properties along the route. Option 1A would retain parking on
both sides of SH1 on some blocks.
It would also come with its own set of consequences - a
buffer would still need to be in place between cars and
cyclists, and there would be risk of conflict between
pedestrians crossing to the path and cyclists.
However, it was a treatment commonly applied internationally
and people had suggested it in consultation.
Spokes Dunedin spokesman Dr Robert Thompson said the devil
would be in the detail of Option 1A, and he looked forward to
''We certainly appreciate that parking is an issue for a lot
of people, particularly businesses, and we can fully support
the idea if it doesn't compromise the usability and safety of