Tauranga City Council has approved a proposed amendment bylaw which will see begging and rough sleeping within 5m of a retail premises banned.
Council voted 6-2 in favour of the bylaw amendment at a Community and Culture Committee meeting yesterday, despite advice from legal council staff saying the bylaw would be unenforceable.
A notice of motion by committee chairman Terry Molloy in November 2017, directed city council staff to bring forward the review of the Street Use and Public Places Bylaw from 2023 to 2018, and to include consideration of prohibiting begging and rough sleeping in public places.
The committee decision was supported at an Extraordinary Council meeting on November 27, 2017.
The ban will be included in the draft Street Use and Public Places Bylaw, which is set to go out for public consultation later this year.