Decision on Saddle Hill subdivisions reserved

The Jaffray Hill quarry on the lower slopes of Saddle Hill, from Gladstone road. Photo by ODT.
The Jaffray Hill quarry on the lower slopes of Saddle Hill, from Gladstone road. Photo by ODT.
Environment Court Judge Jon Jackson has reserved his decision on the dispute over further subdividing part of Saddle Hill.

The Environment Court heard legal arguments from the land's owners and the Dunedin City Council over two days in Dunedin this week.

Yesterday the court visited the disputed site, 60ha on the slopes of Saddle Hill.

Calvin Fisher, a union official and director of Saddle Views Estate Ltd, and developer Kim Taylor, director of KJ Taylor Ltd, are appealing a Dunedin City Council decision to decline consent for their subdivisions.

The appeal relates to a 2013 council hearings committee decision to decline consent for three landowners to subdivide four 15ha properties.

The related applications would have created 16 undersized rural sections.

It focused on Mr Fisher's proposal to create two new lots (to add to a third already consented) at a 15ha property at 4a Braeside, and Mr Taylor's proposal to create six new lots (to add to one already consented) at a 15ha property at 103 Riccarton Rd East.

Bluegrass Ltd's property that was originally part of the proposal was between Mr Fisher and Mr Taylor's properties.

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