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Help Shape the Future of Dunedin’s CBD

Help Shape the Future of Dunedin’s CBD

Dunedin (Friday, 26 September 2014) – Do you have a vision for the future of Dunedin’s central business district?

Whether you’re a retailer, resident or property owner, you are welcome to attend a free public workshop next week focusing on the future look and feel of the CBD.

Dunedin City Council Policy Planner (Heritage) Dr Glen Hazelton says this discussion will build on feedback from earlier workshops on the Central City Plan (2011), the Warehouse Precinct Revitalisation Plan (2012) and Princes Street (2014).

”The goal of the workshops is to hear people’s ideas and aspirations for the rest of the CBD, from the Octagon to the tertiary precinct, including George Street, lower Stuart Street and the surrounding streets.”

These workshops and other comments received will feed into transportation and amenity improvement projects in this area over the next decade.

Next week’s interactive workshop, which will be led by Kobus Mentz of Urbanism +, will be held on Thursday 2 October, 6pm to 8pm, at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Dr Hazelton says, “This is a great opportunity for people to talk about their vision for places like the Octagon and George Street, and how this vision can be incorporated with other ideas that have already been floated.

“There are challenges for the central city, such as changing retail patterns and some vacant premises, and we need to discuss how to retain a successful retail core for the city.”

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The DCC will also be working with the Otago Regional Council to look at the future location of a central city public transport hub. Feedback from the workshop will also link in with consultation on the central city cycle network.

Dr Hazelton says staff from a range of DCC departments, such as City Development and Transportation, will attend the workshop.

Stakeholders in the area have been invited to a workshop on 1 October. People wishing to attend the public workshop on 2 October need to RSVP to centralcityplan@dcc.govt.nz by Tuesday. If you cannot attend the workshop, you can email your ideas and priorities for the future of the CBD to the above email address.

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