DCC George St plan review delayed

The independent review of Dunedin City Council’s contentious plans for George St has been delayed.

The review, by consultant urban designer Kobus Mentz, would not be completed until late October, council planning and environment committee chairman Cr David Benson-Pope said.

After the first meeting of the council’s newly reconstituted Central City Advisory Group in July, the council announced its commitment to a six-week review of its plans for removing cars and increasing pedestrians in Dunedin’s main street.

This week, Cr Benson-Pope confirmed the target date for the review of early September had not been met.

On behalf of the Otago Daily Times Cr Benson-Pope asked council staff for an update on the review.

"Urbanism Plus director Kobus Mentz is making good progress on the peer review of the design completed to date on George St," he advised.

"The reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions in August have contributed to delays, as has the need for additional data, but the report is now expected to be completed by late October."

The review, when it was received by the council, would then be presented to members of the advisory group and the relevant council committee, as well as being made public, Cr Benson-Pope said.


"council announced its commitment to a six-week review of its plans for removing cars and increasing pedestrians in Dunedin’s main street."
Their talent is in banning and controlling what people can do so to meet their utopian ideas.
What is needed is a plan to provide alternative routes for people to get around the city so they can do their pleasure or business. This is obviously a lot harder.
Our CBD is dying. It has been for years. Covid has accelerated that decline.
The commercial rate base keeps getting smaller and the Central City Advisory Group is focused on car traffic !!!!
Madness. Pure madness.



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