Decline subdivision: report

An application for consent to subdivide 19ha on the edge of urban Dunedin has run into problems with city planners, who say the plan goes against the city's guiding spatial plan document, which does not support any more rural residential development around the edges of the city.

The application from RPR Properties Ltd is for resource consent to allow a nine-lot subdivision, of 2ha lots, at 41 Dalziel Rd, effectively changing the zoning in the area from rural, to rural residential.

The application will be heard by the council's hearings committee on Monday.

City planner Howard Alchin said in a report to the committee that aside from the spatial plan clearly articulating no more rural residential development, a third to a half of the site, covering six of the nine proposed lots, was unusable or contained geotechnical issues of varying magnitude that needed further investigation.

He recommended the committee decline the application, but said he was satisfied there was a way forward if the applicant was willing to discuss alternatives that would simplify the subdivision, making it a better transition area between residential and rural residential, while at the same time future proofing the land for better future development.

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