Port, Foodstuffs among those to seek alterations to new plan

More than 20 appeals have been made on Dunedin's new district plan and more are expected.

Last month, the Dunedin City Council released the final version of its second generation district plan (2GP) after more than six years of planning.

The 1200-page document lays out how and where land in the city can be developed and what it can be used for, subject to appeals which closed yesterday.

Only organisations and individuals who made a submission on the plan during the public consultation process are allowed to make an appeal.

Appeals have been lodged by the Otago Regional Council, Port Otago, Ravensdown, Chorus, Spark, Vodafone, Foodstuffs, Willowridge Developments and other smaller groups.

Many have asked for minor changes, although some wanted more significant alterations.

Foodstuffs appealed the decision not to rezone land in Midland St from industrial to trade-related.

The supermarket giant has previously wanted to build a supermarket specialising in fresh food with a ''market atmosphere'' on an industrial site in Midland St.

But those plans were shelved in 2016 after restrictions included in the plan's resource consent meant the site was no longer feasible.

In its appeal, Foodstuffs said a trade-related zone would encourage economic revitalisation of the land and conditions could be included to make sure only large food and beverage retail activity was allowed.

Changes made to the port noise controlled zone in Port Chalmers and additional measures placed on Port Otago to reduce noise have been appealed.

The port supported the changes, which removed any obligation it had to acoustically treat properties within the Port Chalmers Principal Centre zone, which includes much of George St.

But it was concerned it removed the requirement for property owners to insulate new properties inside the zone.

It also wanted additional obligations around sound mitigation removed as it had already agreed to provide support for residents inside a designated noise control area.

The Careys Bay Association Inc has appealed the decision not to include specific protection of the ''special character'' of Careys Bay and noise limits in the area.

Most appeals from individuals focused on decisions to rezone sites from or to residential and rural zones, including an appeal from Cr Doug Hall, who is seeking that the council revisit its decision not to rezone an area of rural land in North Dunedin as residential land.

Developer Russell Lund is appealing a decision not to zone as industrial a site at 61 North Taieri Rd, in Abbotsford, which he said had historically been used for industrial purposes and was still being used, with consent from the council.

The appeals are processed by the Environment Court.

Council senior planner Paul Freeland said the number of appeals was expected to grow as more had been lodged yesterday.

More than 170 appeals were received on the last district plan when it was released in 1999, Mr Freeland said.

Most of the appeals had been addressed by April of 2004, though two appeals were not resolved until 2006, he said.

Other parties now have 15 working days to join the appeals if they have already made a submission on the section being appealed or if they have an interest greater than the public generally.

Sections of the plan not appealed are now deemed operative.


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