Two Auckland firms have been hired to investigate options
for a revamp of Dunedin's tertiary precinct, which could
include making some areas pedestrian only.
The work on the streetscape in the tertiary precinct is being
overseen by the ''tertiary precinct planning group'', which
includes representatives from the Dunedin City Council, Otago
Polytechnic, University of Otago, Otago Regional Council,
Otago Museum and Southern District Health Board.
Group chairwoman Dunedin city councillor Kate Wilson said
Chow Hill Architects and Flow Transportation were hired to
come up with a plan, at a cost of $88,000, with the city
council paying $30,000, and the rest split between Otago
Polytechnic and the University of Otago.
Ideas included introducing speed restrictions or pedestrians
only in some areas, Cr Wilson said.
Council transport planner Susan Lilley said the two firms had
been hired to prepare concept plans and options for projects
to improve the pedestrian and cycling environment in and
around the tertiary campuses.
''The plan will effectively create a 'master plan' for the
streets within the tertiary precinct.
''This will enable projects to be 'picked off' by the various
institutions together or individually, as funding becomes
available, and with confidence that the concepts have
collective buy-in,'' Ms Lilley said.
The plan would include improved pedestrian connections
between tertiary campuses and the central city.
Cr Wilson said planning decisions would involve taking the
student lifestyle into account.
One issue was the appropriateness of students using streets
''as their playground'' and how this could be made safer, for
example through better street lighting.
There was also a will to make it more obvious to people when
they were in the tertiary precinct, possibly through signage.
''As you come into the area, there will be [more of a]
feeling [that] it's a student area.''
The work was in its ''early stages'', with final plans likely
to be approved by November.
Otago Regional councillor Michael Deaker, who is on the
tertiary precinct planning group, at yesterday's council
meeting let it slip that Chow Hill Architects had been hired.
He had been concerned the firm's early work did not take into
account public transport, including the location of bus
stops, but this issue had since been remedied.