A proposed 36-section subdivision in Norwood St will go
ahead ''whether I am alive or dead'', farmer and Dunedin city
councillor Doug Hall says.
Mr Hall confirmed he was dusting off a 50-year-old proposal
to chop up part of his farm, next to the YouthGrow Garden
Centre, which is zoned residential.
''I might decide to pull the plug and keep farming for a few
more years ... it has been planned since the 1960s. You can't
rush these things. It will happen, whether I am alive or
dead, it will happen.''
He said there was a need for more sections in Dunedin with
only 222 sold in the last 12 years.
The area had been zoned residential since his family bought
the block in the 1960s.
What made the project difficult was that the
residential-zoned land was a critical part of the 200ha farm.
If he developed all of it he would only be able to move stock
from one side of the farm to the other using a truck.
He said there had been a lot of people on the site taking
photos, so they must have found out what was happening.
Cutting down trees and generally ''tidying up'' of the site
had been taking place in recent weeks but Mr Hall said he was
due to meet surveyors this week to discuss the project and he
had not made a decision.
He would need consents for earthworks, drainage and access