Councils need your input to plans
By Dougal McGowan, OCCI Chief Executive | Posted: Sunday April 15, 2018
Right now, the city and its residents should be engaged in the council’s long-term plans.
These are vital consultations because not only does it set our rates and the amount that we as residents will pay, but it outlines part of the direction and vision of the city and the region for the future. The key to understanding most of this is in the detail that sits behind the new proposed projects. These new proposed projects of the bridge to connect the central city to the waterfront, Centre city upgrade (including infrastructure) and improving the infrastructure safety and accessibility of the Tertiary precinct. For each of these there is an option for yes or no but there are also options on a preferred and alternative spend. It is understanding these immediate and maintenance costs that are important and how that fits with the whole vision for the city.
Currently there are opportunities to talk to Councillors and the DCC staff about the proposals and to be heard at hearings. You can make an online submission and attend hearings to express your thoughts. The more information the council, its staff and elected members get the better informed they are to make their decision. If you haven’t done so in the past I encourage you to go online via the submission portal and make your thoughts heard.
One of the key aspects of the plan is to continue the vitality and future focus the city must have, it must demonstrate to NZ and the world that we are still planning on achieving our goals of being the world’s greatest small city. It must be aspirational and visionary, but it must also be affordable now and into the future so that we continue to grow both population, jobs and GDP.
If you would also like to participate in our online survey on the Dunedin City Councils plan please follow the link below. We look forward to hearing from you.