Inconsistency hampering Otago

The audience listens to Martin Dippie. Photos: Peter McIntosh
The audience listens to Martin Dippie. Photos: Peter McIntosh
Inconsistency in the application of development rules across Otago is halting growth, an specialist panel says.

The four-person panel answered questions about Dunedin property and business at the Property Council New Zealand event in the city yesterday.

Otago businessman Martin Dippie shares his thoughts on the Dunedin property market at a panel...
Otago businessman Martin Dippie shares his thoughts on the Dunedin property market at a panel discussion at New New New, in Dunedin, last night.
ANZ property finance South Island regional manager Andrew Weastell said there was ''quite a variance'' between more metropolitan centres and provincial councils in how legislation such as the Resource Management Act and Building Act were applied.

''For example QLDC (Queenstown Lakes District Council) versus CODC (Central Otago District Council) are very different experiences.

''There does not seem to be a whole lot of consistency to how this plays out.''

Dunedin property developer Tony Clear agreed.

''With the Central Otago District Council we can produce a section for about $60,000 all up ... with QLDC it's about $120,000.''

Dunedin businessman Martin Dippie said when trying to find solutions with councils there was a ''magical line'' beyond which there were different standards.

Beyond this, most panel members were optimistic about Dunedin's prospects.

Mr Clear said the city was ''having its day in the sun''.

''I often tell people I've waited 35 years for this.''

Increased property values were underpinned by long-term construction, such as the Dunedin Hospital rebuild, and Dunedin City Council spending increases.

''We have been catching up with the rest of New Zealand, really.

''It's suddenly become quite trendy to be in Dunedin.''

Mr Dippie said the planned harbourside development would be ''very good'' for the city.

However, some 2GP district plan zoning rules were ''not brave enough'', he said.

jono.edwards@odt.co.nz

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