Chinese-made model to tower over hotel hearing

Project spokesman Steve Rodgers examines a scale model of a proposed new hotel for Dunedin, which...
Project spokesman Steve Rodgers examines a scale model of a proposed new hotel for Dunedin, which is the subject of a resource consent hearing beginning next week. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The 28-storey hotel proposed for Dunedin's waterfront will dominate proceedings at next week's resource consent hearing for the project - in more ways than one.

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.


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