Hotel bid decision due today

Colin Weatherall.
Colin Weatherall.
The committee considering whether to allow the proposed $100 million waterfront hotel in Dunedin may not be able release its decision to the developers by the deadline at the end of today.

Committee chairman Cr Colin Weatherall yesterday told the Otago Daily Times members were working on ''final details'' and proof-reading the decision on consent for the 98m-high hotel and apartment building. He hoped to get the decision to the developer, Betterways Advisory Ltd, by the end of the day.

However, there was a chance the committee would not be able to meet the deadline, as it was important that it got every detail right, Cr Weatherall said.

If the decision was late the applicant could make a complaint under the Resource Management Act, he said.

If completed today, it was likely the decision would be released to the public and media at a press conference tomorrow and until then Cr Weatherall would not comment on the decision.

Betterways Advisory Ltd director Steve Rodgers said he was not bothered by the possibility the decision would not come today as the committee needed to be sure it made the right call.

''I am sure that the committee is trying very hard to get the decision as right as possible, so that the chances of anybody successfully appealing it will be minute,'' he said.

The developers had ''no idea'' what decision the committee would make.

If its plans were approved it would still be some time before construction began.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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