Tuesday , October 19 2021

The second generation plan of the council forms the future of Dunedin


The City Council of Dunedin presented this morning his vision for the future development of the city.

Cityscape of Dunedin.

The second-generation district planning plan of the Dunedin City Council establishes rules for land use and addresses a climate change approach.
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After six years, more than 1000 presentations and 18 months of hearings, decisions about the city's second generation district plan have been released to the public.

Dunedin has become the first major center to reach this point in the process under the Resource Management Law.

After a triennial revision of the city's existing district plan from 2012, the city council drafted the second generation plan and convened a panel of six people chaired by independent commissioner David Collins to review the shipments of the public.

The result of this work was released at 6 in the morning today, and Mr. Collins said in the process that Dunedin had achieved a unique feat.

"This is the first second-generation district plan that has reached this stage through the normal process for an important center," he said.

"Auckland had special legislation because of its major problems, Christchurch had special legislation because of earthquakes and the only others were one or two smaller tips – much lower advice – that reached this stage. That's why it's a success that Dunedin reached this point. "

The plan established the rules on how the land would be used in the city limits.

It opened more 190 hectares of land for residential use, as well as allocating more 132 hectares for the future development of housing when the infrastructure is allowed.

It also allowed a greater density of homes around the city and addressed the way in which climate change would be managed in the future.

An issue that the director of city council development, Dra. Anna Johnson, said she was generating talks in the sector throughout the country.

"I think that natural dangers are a really interesting topic throughout the country, because the relationship between what is managed through the Law of resource management and what is governed by the Construction Law continues to be elaborated by several municipalities."

The second-generation plan project had rules for minimal floor levels in risk areas, such as southern Dunedin. However, today's decisions offset those rules and do not leave the levels of apartments in the Construction Act.

On the other hand, the plan had a unique proposal for risk areas to tackle climate change.

"In terms of climate change, we identify areas of coastal danger and in those areas of coastal risk, some of the fundamental rules are that residential buildings have to be relocated," Dr Johnson said.

They should design new homes built in these areas with the ability to move quickly.

Dr Johnson also said that changes have been made to the rules governing the use of land in the central city to allow reconstruction of the Dunedin hospital and the port where the major plans for a review were planned.

Councilman David Benson-Pope said that this district plan defined the direction of the future of the city.

"We need to have rules like this to manage our coexistence as peacefully as possible, if you wish," he said.

"These plans are about the shape of the city, the aspirations of the city council and its neighbors, and were very consulted."

The board received 1055 communications on the second generation plan project and 452 new communications.

The decisions, which made up 29 separate reports, were appealed until December 19.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the plan weighed the needs of current and future generations.

"We want to protect the characteristics and special amenities that neighbors are worth while promoting development in the right places," he said.

"The 2GP provides greater clarity and certainty about the activities and development that can be realized and where this can happen".

Unlike the existing plan, the second generation plan also detailed the process of rezoning the use of land.

Any aspect of the unprospected plan would come into effect immediately, while the rest would be operational along with the previous district plan until the courts weighed on the final decision.

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