The Invercargill City Council wants to hear from the community about whether it should invest up to $30 million in the City Block Development.
At a meeting on Tuesday, Council adopted consultation documents, including a Statement of Proposal, having been asked by HWCP Ltd to invest $20 million in the development.
Several councilors raised some issues including:
- Cr Alex Crackett raised her concern about an inaccurate story by The Southland Times on how it reported the very meeting in progress on the development, saying the council was always going to consult the public on such a larger commitment by council.
- Cr Ian Pottinger questioned the wording of one part of the document, saying the public could have real concerns after the councils Don Street building deveopment mess.
- Cr Lesley Soper suggested councilors could take a trip to a city that’s had similar type development.
Chief Executive Clare Hadley said Council was asking the community if it should invest up to $30 million, allowing for a contingency of $10 million to be included in the budget.
Consultation will open on Saturday, 18 May, and run until 5pm on 28 June.
Mrs Hadley said there would be multiple opportunities for the public to hear more about the proposal, beginning with a public meeting at the Civic Theatre on Monday, 20 May, from 5.30pm.
Further drop-in sessions are being planned.
The consultation information, and supporting documents, will be available at icc.govt.nz/cityblockconsultation from Saturday.
Hard copies of consultation documents will be available from the Civic Administration Building, Invercargill Public Library, and Bluff Service Centre.
Council will also launch a new Facebook page on Wednesday, which will include information about events relating to the consultation, at www.facebook.com/cityblockconsultation