Dunedin already has a reputation for being anti-development, unless it’s University related, they seem to do what they like.
Mosgiel is the fastest growing part of Dunedin (one of the only growing parts). So Countdown applied for resource consent to build a supermarket there.
But a Dunedin City Council planner has recommended that consent be declined, as reported by ODT in Planner strikes a blow to proposal.
The recommendation comes on the basis the supermarket would have significant ”adverse affects” on the community.
The plan for a new Countdown on Gordon Rd, which was predicted to add 48 jobs, prompted concern among Mosgiel residents.
There were nine submissions against the development, citing increased traffic, pedestrian safety, noise and insufficient on-site parking among residents’ concerns, three submissions in support and six neutral.
I can imagine a Countdown supermarket might have an adverse effect on the profits of the existing New World supermarket, and sure it would effect traffic flows.
Council planner Amy Young’s opinion is one piece of evidence to be considered when the council’s hearings committee convenes to hear submissions next week.
In the report, Ms Young said she did not agree with Countdown’s argument the supermarket would maintain and enhance amenity values in what was a residential zone.
”I disagree with this statement and believe that the applicant has made no concessions in terms of designing a development that can integrate with, rather than dominate the residential environment.”
Ms Young also said Countdown’s application lacked detail about two other retail sites, pedestrian safety and residential amenity.
I thought a place to be food would be an essential residential amenity. And spreading out traffic and being closer to some parts of town would be an advantage.
It may be that Countdown has been not thorough enough in it’s application.
But on the surface this seems just another nail in Dunedin’s development coffin.