Hotel discussions continue

The Dunedin City Council's hearings committee is still considering whether more information is needed before it can decide the fate of a proposed $100 million waterfront hotel.

Committee members were in contact yesterday - but did not meet face to face - to discuss their position, after the hearing adjourned last month after arguments for and against the controversial hotel.

Committee chairman Cr Colin Weatherall said yesterday no decision had yet been made about whether more information or even public consultation would be needed before the hearing could be closed.

Committee members would continue their discussions today, and Cr Weatherall hoped to release a statement detailing the next steps in the process within days, he said.

A final decision about whether to grant consent for the hotel would take longer, but was due by June 4, after Betterways Advisory Ltd agreed to an extension that pushed the decision deadline back.

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