Public say on Carisbrook

A thorough consultation process will soon begin on the future of Carisbrook, and the Dunedin City Council is looking to the public for "reasonably practicable" options for its future.

The high level of public interest in the historic ground means public meetings will be held to help decide the matter, but a report to next Monday's finance and strategy committee meeting said the council was keen to "avoid devoting a lot of time, energy and expense to the consideration of impractical, expensive or frivolous options".

Land at Carisbrook includes eight residential properties on the western side of Burns St, a 5000sq m site on the corner of Burns and Neville Sts, and the stadium itself, an area of about 30,000sq m.

The council bought the properties last year for $7 million from the Otago Rugby Football Union, and will want to recoup that money, after raising debt to pay for them.

The report, from finance and corporate support general manager Athol Stephens, said those interested were expected to detail what revenue could be generated from any option they came up with, possible operating expenses, impact on rates and capital expenditure, and how the option would contribute to the community.

An information package on issues including size, valuation, zoning and debt would be produced, and dates for the consultation would be advised.

 

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