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The council’s planning and environment committee yesterday backed a programme to develop a "future development strategy plan", which is still to be voted on by the Otago Regional Council.
If given final approval by the regional council, the programme would be led by the city council.
The strategy would inform decisions by the two councils on how to move forward with infrastructure plans and land use to accommodate expected growth of the city.
It would ensure there was planning and resources from both for the next 30 years that could maintain a functioning urban environment.
It could also trigger reviews of existing regional and district planning documents.
Councillors at the meeting applauded having a partnership with the regional council.
Cr Lee Vandervis said working with the regional council on the city future plan would be a tentative first step and a positive move.
"I am hopeful this strategy will make the ORC and the DCC recognise we have a whole lot of common goals," he said.
Cr Jim O’Malley said he was excited to see where the partnership would take them.
Before the local body elections on October 8, a group would be established to maintain oversight of the project.
The executive steering group would consist of three staff from the Dunedin City Council and three from the Otago Regional Council.
Dunedin City Council governance support officer Lauren McDonald said when new committee structures were confirmed after the October elections, a report would be issued to determine the next steps in the plan.