We want to ensure you can enjoy public places in Tauranga safely and free from nuisance. Our bylaws are here to help make that happen. So we are reviewing some of them this year to make sure they tackle all the issues they need to. First up for formal consultation is the beaches bylaw. This formal consultation process is the last opportunity to have your say before the changes become law.
We have used your feedback on how you want to enjoy our beaches to propose changes to the bylaw. You told us your main issues were with quadbikes, longlines and kontiki devices, nude bathing and dogs.
Have your say by 5pm on Friday, 15 June 2018
Draft amended beaches bylaw (392kb pdf)
Tell us if you think we got this right. We want to know if you support the changes, if you don’t, and/or if you have any other changes you want us to consider.
This is a formal consultation. Hearing of submissions will take place on 17 July 2018. We’ll use your feedback to propose a final revised bylaw for adoption by Council. This will likely happen in October 2018.
If you have any questions please contact the strategic policy and planning team on 07 577 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed changes, and why we want to make them
We’re proposing to reword the purpose of the bylaw so that it focuses on public safety, while explaining that it is a tool to enable, rather than restrict, activity on our beaches.
Proposed change: Driving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), previously referred to as quadbikes, on the beach would only be allowed for the purposes of recreational fishing.
Why: To promote the safety of beachgoers and ATV drivers, reduce noise nuisance for residents and to align with the Regional Coastal Plan.
Proposed change: Any vehicle that is in breach of the bylaw may receive a fine of $150.
Why: The fine has been reduced from $750 to $150 to better reflect the gravity of the offence. Fines can only be issued by a police officer.
Proposed change: Any vehicle launching or removing a craft from the water would need to stay within 50m of any designated boat ramp.
Why: To ensure safety of beachgoers near moving vehicles.
Proposed change: The use of longlines and kontiki devices (aka fishing apparatus – any instrument used for recreational fishing) could be restricted to specific times/seasons on all or part of the beach, by Council resolution.
Why: Longlines drift into areas where people are swimming or surfing, causing safety issues. Council would have the ability to restrict use during busy periods. This change would not prohibit fishing.
Proposed change: Conducting a commercial activity on the beach would require a council licence.
Why: Our street use and public places bylaw requires commercial users of public land to have permission from council. We need to align our beaches bylaw with this bylaw so that it’s fair for all commercial users, no matter the location.
Proposed change: All structures on the beach would require council permission.
Why: To clarify that all structures require council permission, even if they are temporary.
Proposed change: Drones would be excluded from the definition of ‘motorised aircrafts’, so that people can fly them off beaches, as long as they abide by Civil Aviation Authority’s rules.
Why: The current reference to ‘motorised aircrafts’ may imply that drones cannot take off from, or land on, beaches.
Proposed change: You can only make a fire on the beach, below the high tide mark and between 5am and 11pm, if you are using wholly combustible material.
Why: Nails from pallets – and other litter like broken glass – that are left behind cause a safety issue and nuisance to other beach goers.
Statement of proposal (32kb pdf)
Do you want to submit about dogs on beaches?
We will tackle the dogs on beaches issue through the review of the dog control bylaw later this year – you will have the chance to have your say then.
Do you have an issue with nude bathing at the beach?
We haven’t proposed to include any rules around nude bathing in the bylaw. Council has the ability to minimise the potential for offensive behaviour, but it is unclear whether being nude is offensive, and if prohibiting it would be contrary to the Bill of Rights. Inappropriate, lewd behaviour is different, and is a police matter. However, if you think we need to relook at this, please tell us in your submission.