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Vision for Dunedin Harbourside

13 July 2005

Vision for Dunedin Harbourside Out For Consultation

Dunedin (13 July, 2005) – The Dunedin City Council and Chalmers Properties Limited today unveiled a vision of what the harbourside might look like in 50 years time. It identifies opportunities for revitalising the harbourside and reconnect it to the central city.

A consultation document has been launched which explains the harbourside vision and seeks public feedback on it. That vision aims to:

Connect the city to the harbour Provide public access to the harbour edge and enhance harbourside amenities Enhance the character and visual amenity of the area Enable better use of land Plan for economic growth Provide for housing choice

Key elements include:

Creating new public amenity spaces on the waterfront Encouraging greater recreational and tourist use of the harbour Developing new business opportunities Enabling the transformation of the wharf-sheds and Fryatt Street area through encouraging cafes, bars, recreational and tourism uses Encouraging a mix of land uses, including housing, retail, commercial and tourism uses to develop alongside existing industrial activity Improving public access to the area by creating new pedestrian and vehicular crossings across the road and rail corridor.

The Council and Chalmers Properties are clear that the development of the harbourside will not jeopardise the vitality of the central city, or existing industries. The vision allows for development alongside an efficent working port. Existing industries which wish to remain in the area will be safeguarded. Mayor of Dunedin, Peter Chin, said the aim is to make the harbourside a vibrant place that people will be proud of.

“We want to make Dunedin’s harbourside an area which is easily accessible and provides the sort of environment and facilities which will make people want to spend time there,” he said.

“Working alongside Chalmers Properties Limited, the owners of much of the land on the harbourside, and Port Otago Limited, we believe we have developed an exciting vision for the next generation of Dunedin residents and visitors to the city,” he said.

Chalmers Properties board member, Ron Anderson, said the proximity of the harbourside basin offers opportunities for residential and commercial uses (such as recreation, tourism, small scale retail and offices) and for increased public access. “Here’s an opportunity to complement amenity improvements that have already taken place in the area and to link them with planned developments at the Chinese Garden and Otago Settlers Museum. Our vision is to encourage new development, such as new residential apartments, while protecting key heritage elements,” he said.

The vision is for the long-term future i.e. how the harbourside might look in 50 years. It is most likely that changes would be implemented in stages, depending on population and economic growth, as well as the availability of funding.

Mayor Chin noted that the community had previously identified development of the harbourside as a priority and residents and businesses would be consulted with throughout what would be an inter-generational process.

Following initial consultation on the vision, the next steps will be to refine the vision and potentially prepare a Plan Change to the District Plan. This would enable appropriate forms of development to take place and to provide appropriate heritage and environmental protection. Submissions to the Plan Change would then be sought before any decisions on the Plan Change were made. Changes might also be necessary to the Regional Coast Plan to enable some recreational use of the Steamer Basin.

The only funding commitment the City Council has made is a provision in its current long-term Community Plan to allocate $9 million to “improve harbour access” and “enhance the harbour amenity”, for spending between 2007 and 2011.

Mayor Chin said it is premature to consider any costs associated with making the harbourside vision a reality.

“The purpose of releasing this consultation document is to seek feedback on the broad concepts of a future for harbourside. There is much water to pass under the wharf – so to speak - before costs should be looked at.” For Further information:

Jim Harland Ron Anderson Chief Executive Board member Dunedin City Council Chalmers Properties

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