Feedback received from residents on how they want to enjoy Tauranga’s beaches has been used to propose changes to the city’s beaches bylaw. Tauranga City Council is now asking residents to tell them if they have got the changes right.
The draft Beaches Bylaw 2018 is about ensuring the community can enjoy Tauranga’s beaches safely and free from nuisance. The proposed changes include new restrictions on driving all-terrain vehicles on the beach, additional rules around fires, and the potential for Council to restrict use of longlines and kontiki devices.
Other changes include requiring council consent for any commercial activity or to erect any structure on the beach. Full details of the draft changes and why council proposes to make them are available at www.tauranga.govt.nz/beaches.
Council is asking if the community supports the changes, if they don’t, and/or if they have any other changes they want to be considered.
Residents can provide feedback on the draft bylaw by visiting council’s website and completing the online submission form. This formal consultation process is the last opportunity for people to have their say before the changes become law. The consultation period ends on Friday, 15 June.
There are no proposed changes around nude bathing, however if the community would like Council to reconsider then they can say so in their submission.
Feedback is not being sought about dogs on beaches. The dog control bylaw will be reviewed later this year, and residents will have an opportunity to have their say on dogs then.
Submission hearings will take place on 17 July 2018. The community’s feedback will be used to propose a final revised bylaw for adoption by Council in October 2018.
Bylaws are special rules that apply in the Tauranga area only. Not complying with a bylaw can result in prosecutions, court-imposed fines and seizure of property. Bylaws are enforced by warranted council staff or contractors, and by external agencies like the New Zealand Police.