Details of the agreement signed by the Dunedin City Council and Betterways Advisory Ltd were unveiled yesterday by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, Betterways director Steve Rodgers and council chief executive Dr Sue Bidrose. bid_for_27_storey_dunedin_hotel_turned_down

A new version of Dunedin’s controversial waterfront hotel could be unveiled before the end of the year, after the developer struck a deal with the Dunedin City Council.The $100 million development proposed for the city’s Wharf Street, was met with opposition from Dunedin City Council and residents when the plans were unveiled. It failed to get resource consent last June. To listen to the interviews on Radio New Zealand click here

Under this new framework the first hurdle for planners will be the access to the proposed hotel. If they can find solutions there, then the Dunedin City Council will set up an urban design panel to provide an independent review and advice.

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Once the panel and DCC are satisfied that all issues are resolved then the council will start the process of changing the District Plan to rezone the industrial Wharf St site. City and property developers are now working together instead of against each other as there is trong support and resistance for the project in Dunedin, its very polarising for the city as it struggles to develop and change. The urban design panel was a new approach in Dunedin, but had been used extensively in Auckland and Wellington with good results, Dr Bidrose said.

To read more background on this construction project read the original article :

Council rejects controversial Dunedin hotel