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A giant lit-up Chinese-made scale model of the proposed building, complete with cars with working head and tail-lights, will stand in the corner of the Edinburgh Room in Dunedin's Municipal Chambers where the hearings start on Monday.
The hearings committee of Crs Colin Weatherall (chairman), Andrew Noone and Kate Wilson and commissioner John Lumsden will start hearing submissions from the applicant on Monday, the first day of the hearing, which is set down for four days, but expected to go longer.
Dunedin lawyer Steve Rodgers, the director of Betterways Advisory Ltd, the company fronting the development, said he expected the company's evidence, including evidence from more than six experts, would take about a day to a day and a-half to get through, before public submissions began.
More than 100 people or organisations are expected to make a verbal submission to the panel.
The plans for the five-star hotel and apartment tower in Wharf St drew 507 public submissions, 457 opposed, 43 in support and seven neutral.