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Input Sought on Industrial Activities and Zoning

Input Sought on Industrial Activities and Zoning


Dunedin (Thursday, 17 January) – Where industry should be allowed to operate and the sorts of planning controls that should be placed on it will be up for discussion at a series of Dunedin City Council District Plan workshops in the next few months.

The workshops are being held as part of the ‘issues and options’ consultation phase of a comprehensive review process that will lead to the development of second generation District Plan. The current plan was first introduced in 1995.

DCC City Development Manager Dr Anna Johnson says the council is keen to get stakeholder input in relation to the management of industrial activities, as well as other activities within the industrial zone.

“We are working closely with the Chamber of Commerce who are putting us in touch with their membership who have an interest in industrial matters. We have identified a number of key issues and locations where we think improvements could be made and we would like to discuss these with both businesses and landowners through a series of workshops.

“Some of the issues are general and may be of interest to a range of people, while others are location-specific so may only be of interest to those with property or businesses in these areas.”

Issues to be discussed include whether there is sufficient land available for industrial activities and, if not, where it should be provided. Another is whether light industry should be distinguished from heavy industry and be able to operate in ‘mixed use’ zones, for example in parts of the CBD or in the Warehouse precinct.

“Mixing of a range of activities already occurs in some parts of the industrial zone, and we are keen to hear from people about how these areas should be managed in the future,” says Dr Johnson.

Management of height and reverse sensitivity in the industrial zone are other topics which will be covered.

“As well as getting feedback on these topics we want to hear from people about issues and options which may not have been identified yet.”

The DCC’s website contains more information regarding the review of the District Plan including more details of the issues and options being considered for the industry zone. Please refer to http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/whats-on/2gp.

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