It appears the Dunedin City Council has avoided a date in
court with one of its councillors, for the time being at
An announcement on a possible way forward on the State
Highway 88 realignment argument, that has left traffic lights
at the central city intersection of Frederick St and Anzac
Ave mothballed for several years, is expected this week.
The council is seeking an Environment Court ruling on its
redesignation of land for the realignment, after affected
landowner Doug Hall, now a city councillor, opposed it.
The redesignation was the second done, after the first -
which enabled the road works to go ahead - was quashed by the
court, which found the council did not correctly consult all
affected property owners.
Mediation and negotiations with Cr Hall, including around
whether the council would purchase his land, had failed and
the matter was to be heard in the Environment Court on May
26, but the court recently notified a change to the schedule.
Council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose yesterday said all
parties had agreed to defer the court hearing, ''pending an
Cr Hall said he was bound by a confidentiality agreement and
could not comment.