Hotel hearings panel named

Artist's image of the proposed hotel. Image supplied.
Artist's image of the proposed hotel. Image supplied.
A farmer, a cafe owner, a former rugby administrator and an engineering expert will decide the fate of Dunedin's proposed waterfront hotel.

The names of the Dunedin City Council hearings committee that will consider plans for the hotel have been confirmed by Cr Colin Weatherall, who will act as committee chairman.

Cr Weatherall, a former Otago Rugby Football Union chairman, said he had selected Crs Andrew Noone and Kate Wilson - a farmer and cafe owner, respectively - to join him on the panel.

The trio will be joined on the panel by John Lumsden, acting as an independent hearing commissioner.

Mr Lumsden would bring "key specialist skills" in engineering and other areas to the panel, which was deemed necessary for the hearing, Cr Weatherall said.

The hearing is scheduled to begin in early December, although exact dates and how long it will run are still to be confirmed.

Submissions on the controversial $100 million, 28-storey luxury hotel closed earlier this month. Council staff received 508 submissions - a record for a notified consent application. Of those, 457 were opposed to the project, 44 supported it and seven remained neutral.

- chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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