More access and enjoyment along the Leith, but no less flood protection
Wednesday, 15 February 2006
The Otago Regional Council today endorsed a revised landscape proposal that will improve the setting and access to the water through the University precinct, and better provide the required flood protection for the Water of Leith.
Chairman Stephen Cairns welcomed the amendment to the Water of Leith Lindsay Creek Design Philosophy for Achieving Minimum Design Flood Standard, which was adopted by the Council early last year. This plan outlined the works necessary to achieve a minimum 1 in 100 year protection along all reaches.
"The revised plan is a stunning win-win for the city, and indeed for the region," Cr Cairns said. "It will allow greater stream access and enhance the views in front of the Registry complex from both sides of the Water of Leith. It gives us an opportunity to add to the vitality of the University precinct, making the stream more attractive and inviting, without compromising the planned flood protection."
Following University of Otago concerns about some of the landscaping proposals for the campus section, an alternative design solution was developed jointly by staff of the two organisations. At its respective council meeting yesterday, the University Council also agreed to support the new proposal. Vice Chancellor Dr David Skegg presented the University's recommendations to the Regional Council this afternoon.
This proposal does not impact on the requirements for the remainder of the scheme.
A decision on resource consents applications for the Upper Leith (Rockside Road) section of the works is expected shortly. Meanwhile, in the month of March, the revised landscape proposals for the University reach will be on display at various locations, for community comment. Consent applications will then be lodged for the balance of the project, including the University area. There will be further opportunity for public input during the consent process.For further information
Cr Stephen Cairns
Otago Regional Council Chairman
03 474 0827 or 021 190 1177
Otago Regional Council Chief Executive
03 474 0827 or 0274 338 500
For a general description of the revised plans, see www.orc.govt.nz/leithlindsay