ORC has eight-step plan to pick headquarters site

An eight-step plan for selecting a site for the Otago Regional Council's headquarters has been outlined for councillors to consider tomorrow.

Councillors will be asked to "set a pathway" for assessing and developing its future headquarters, at a full council meeting tomorrow afternoon.

In June, the council terminated its original proposal to build on the waterfront and removed funding for the building from its long-term plan, instead opting to reconsider all potential options.

Since then, the possibility of the regional council going into the former chief post office with the Dunedin Public Library had been raised.

Chief executive Graeme Martin said in a report to council, the "building blocks" for defining what the council headquarters needed to provide, the localities that were appropriate and the selection of site and structure, needed to be "logically structured".

He outlined eight steps including determining the needs of the headquarters, localities that did or did not satisfy its needs and availability of sites, assessing sites, design and cost and compliance with the Local Government Act.

It would be "highly appropriate" for council to use external consultants to undertake or assist with the steps, with council formally approving the content and conclusion of each step, Mr Martin said.


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