Consultation on city strategy begins

Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
Consultation on Dunedin’s draft Future Development Strategy, which will guide how the city grows over the next 30 years, is now open.

The Dunedin City Council and the Otago Regional Council have jointly developed the draft strategy in partnership with mana whenua, and with support from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Kāinga Ora, after engaging with the community last year.

Dunedin Mayor Jules Radich said the new strategy would provide ‘‘clear direction for how and where Dunedin will grow and what we need to do to make this possible’’.

‘‘It also lays out what we want to achieve for our people as well as the urban areas and natural environments we call home.’’

Regional council chairwoman Cr Gretchen Robertson said the new strategy aimed to meet the needs of current and future generations.

‘‘Growth is not just about adding more buildings - it’s about respecting and restoring our natural and built environments and increasing our access to outdoor spaces.

‘‘This strategy positions us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the vision for Dunedin to be a zero-carbon city,’’ Cr Robertson said.

City council city development manager Dr Anna Johnson said the strategy replaced the current Dunedin Spatial Plan and outlined strategic directions for growth and development for the next 30 years.

‘‘It also considers how we will meet the city’s housing and business space needs and what infrastructure is needed to support our growth and development for the decades ahead,’’ Dr Johnson said.

The draft strategy also includes a statement of hapū and iwi values and intent for urban development which was prepared by te Rūnaka o Ōtākou and Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki.

Public consultation runs until February 28.

Hearings for those wishing to speak to their submission will follow in early April and the final Dunedin Future Development Strategy is expected to be released in late June.

The draft strategy is available at and at the the Civic Centre, libraries and the regional council office in Philip Laing House, Rattray St.

• Public information sessions will be held on:

Today noon-2pm, and 5pm-7pm at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Tuesday, February 13, 6pm-8pm at Mosgiel Coronation Hall.

- Staff reporter