A proposed expansion of Alexandra's commercial sector has been denied resource consent by the Central Otago District Council.
Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin has questioned how a proposed rates cap could work, when different local authorities rate in different ways, and the amount rated varies widely, as does the level of infrastructure councils have.
The Government says its plan to set up 20-30 local boards to supplement a powerful Auckland-wide super city will help keep community involvement in local government.
The Dunedin City Council is keen to hear from as many people as possible as it works through a review that could introduce major changes to the city's voting system.
The Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Regional Council and five companies have launched an Environment Court challenge against the Dunedin City Council's contentious harbourside development.
The Otago Regional Council hopes it will never have to appear in the Environment Court over its appeal to the harbourside plan, but believes the plan could hamper development of its Steamer Basin site if it was not needed for its own proposed new office block.
The Auckland "super city" proposal is not so super for local democracy, according to local government specialist Andy Asquith.
Dunedin looks set for a $200,000 spruce-up, paid for by ratepayers, as part of preparations to play host to six Rugby World Cup teams and their visiting fans in 2011.
Thunder Jet's bid to get back on the Kawarau River has been renewed, more than two weeks after being shut down, with two resource consents being lodged with the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Two small landholdings previously used for rubbish transfer stations may be sold by the Waitaki District council.
Despite criticism from Audit New Zealand, the Central Otago District Council has approved its draft long-term community council plan (LTCCP).
How much Waitaki District Council ratepayers will pay over the next 10 years will be discussed at six public meetings during the next two weeks.
Commissioners hearing a resource consent application to realign Dunedin's Lovelock Ave noted there was "considerable uncertainty and suspicion" among Opoho residents when they called for more information on the project.
Civic and tourism leaders are heralding the Rugby World Cup draw as a boon for the region.
The Dunedin City Council's economic development unit (EDU) and the city's Upstart Business Incubator are considering a series of steps, including a $50,000 marketing support fund, to try to minimise the impact of the credit crunch on some of Dunedin's brightest young companies.
Lakes district residents wanting to earn extra income and rent their houses for short-term visitor accommodation have the way clear to register their properties now that the Queenstown Lakes District Council is about to ratify plan change 22.
The need to inform ratepayers about a mountain of debt facing the city has prompted the Dunedin City Council to produce two new magazines which will be sent to every household in the city in the coming days.
The Dunedin City Council could help pay for new infrastructure to solve Blanket Bay's sewerage problem, or send in building staff to take enforcement action against residents.
The Dunedin City Council is to reconsider its refusal to connect a West Harbour hamlet to the city's sewerage network after receiving a petition.
The Dunedin City Council's group of companies is in good shape to continue providing dividends and other payments to help offset the city's rates burden, despite the worsening economic climate, Dunedin City Holdings Ltd says.