‘Dunedin Towards 2050 – a Spatial Plan for Dunedin’ (the Spatial Plan), sets the strategic direction for Dunedin’s growth and development for the next 30+ years. It outlines a broad set of principles, strategic directions, policies, and actions and visually illustrates how the city may develop in the future. It will be used to guide land-use planning in the city as well as influencing how future infrastructure and services may be provided or limited.
The Spatial Plan is primarily, but not solely, concerned with Dunedin’s urban form and design. Urban form and design refer to the spatial arrangement of a city, in other words, the shape of a city as seen from the air including the overall pattern of development, activities, and infrastructure as well as the design or ‘look and feel’ of the city and how it functions. Urban form and design have a significant impact on the sustainability, liveability and economic performance of cities.
The Spatial Plan covers objectives for Dunedin as a whole as well as more detailed objectives and policies for the main urban area of Dunedin city (referred to as urban Dunedin, Map 3, p.8) and Dunedin’s townships. At its heart, the Spatial Plan also considers the importance of protecting Dunedin’s extensive rural and natural areas from inappropriate development. It also identifies other ways of supporting the productive values and ecosystem services provided by these areas.
The Spatial Plan addresses Dunedin’s urban and rural spaces and places in an integrated way, considering how land-use, transportation planning, and infrastructure and services provision must be co-ordinated to contribute to a prosperous, liveable, memorable, vibrant and sustainable city.
The Spatial Plan will be used to guide and manage change and development in Dunedin.
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