Feedback sought on draft bylaws

Proposed changes include simplifying the interpretation and administration of the existing Solid Waste, and Control of Animals bylaws.

The ongoing review of the Whakatane District Council's Consolidated Bylaw has seen a second round of revised bylaws notified for public submissions. 

Proposed changes to simplify the interpretation and administration of the existing Solid Waste, and Control of Animals bylaws were considered by the Council's Policy Committee last month.

As a result of feedback provided by elected members, a number of additional changes have now been incorporated in the draft bylaws. 

The Council is also proposing to revoke the Public Health and Nuisances bylaw in its entirety, because its enforcement provisions are provided for under the Health Act 1956 and Health and Safety Act 2015. 

Reporting to the Council this week, Strategic Policy Analyst Glenda Spackman says the Public Health and Nuisances Bylaw essentially duplicates provisions of Government legislation and is no longer considered necessary. 

The Draft Control of Animals (excluding dogs), Bees and Poultry Bylaw 2018 adopted for public consultation also includes a number of amendments to clarify its intent, specifically focusing on ‘stock' rather than domestic pets, and removing unnecessary or overly-restrictive conditions. 

The Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2018 will replace the existing bylaw and is intended to align with the Council's operative management plan and support the new kerbside collection system. 

It will also continue existing provisions to regulate the accumulation and storage of household refuse; and control potentially hazardous materials and trade refuse, facilities and recycling. 

Subject to public consultation, the Council agreed to adopt the amended bylaws and revoke the Nuisances and Public Health Bylaw. 

Those proposed changes will be subject to a formal consultation and submission process commencing on November 8 and concluding on December 8. 

Copies of the proposed draft bylaws are available online on the Council's website. 

Hard copies are available from Council offices and District Libraries. 

Interested individuals and organisations are invited to lodge submissions before 5pm on Friday 8 December.

All submissions will be then considered by the Council in a public hearing in February 2018, with any further amendments required incorporated in the bylaws prior to formal adoption.


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