The land needed to widen Riccarton Rd will be obtained by
statutory authority if a mutual agreement can not be met,
Dunedin City Council roading projects engineer Evan Matheson
Mr Matheson, speaking at the Mosgiel Taieri Community Board
meeting last week, said the council was talking to Riccarton
Rd residents about buying their land for a safety project to
widen each side of the road by 1.5m.
Land valuations had been prepared for 17 of 24 of the
Riccarton Rd residents the council needed to obtain land
from, he said.
''We've given them what we think is a fair and reasonable
Property owners could accept the offer or pay for their own
valuation, he said.
Four of the 17 residents given valuations had accepted, he
''There is still a whole lot to settle but we are making
Mr Matheson said the ''sensitive'' project was progressing
and he was confident the land needed for the project would be
But some landowners were hesitant to make land available, he
''That's understandable. We'll be trying very, very hard to
get an agreement, and will negotiate, and have a long time to
get a mutual agreement.''
However, if a mutual agreement could not be reached, the
council would use the Public Works Act to reach a ''fair and
reasonable'' binding agreement, he said.
Board member Maurice Prendergast said using the Act to obtain
land ''wouldn't be a good look for the council''.
Riccarton Rd resident Brian Miller, who has been in dispute
with the council and community board over the proposed road
widening, said the council was not trying to reach a fair and
reasonable settlement and valuations were being forced on
''Take it or leave it is all I've ever had.''