New greenfield residential zones approved across Dunedin are expected to deliver a new housing boost for the city.
The Variation 2 Hearing Panel is today releasing the second decision on Variation 2, which makes changes to the Dunedin City Second Generation District Plan (2GP). The new decision focuses on specific ‘greenfield’ sites that were considered for development of new housing.
DCC City Development Manager, Dr Anna Johnson says the panel’s latest decision approves the rezoning of a range of sites for greenfield development, which together are expected to add an estimated 970 homes over 10 years.
This is in addition to the 1,900 homes expected over 10 years as a result of the first decision on Variation 2, which was announced in 2022.
“We’re confident both Variation 2 decisions, including those being announced today, will ensure Dunedin continues to have a surplus of housing capacity in the short, medium, and long term.”
Independent commissioner and chairperson, Gary Rae says the panel heard from a significant number of submitters and considered a substantial number of sites for rezoning.
“We were impressed by the quality of presentations, particularly from some of the non-experts who participated,” he said.
“Our focus has been on determining which sites are most suitable for future development in Dunedin – including access to 3 Waters and other key infrastructure – and we’re confident the greenfield sites approved best fit the needs of a growing city.
“Together, with other recent changes to the 2GP, our Variation 2 decisions help ensure Dunedin has access to a range of options for new housing to meet its needs over the short and longer term.”
Submitters have until 21 March 2023 to lodge an appeal.