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Have your say the draft Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019

Event date: 21/01/2019 10:00 a.m. - 22/02/2019 5:00 p.m. Export event

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Updated Freedom Camping Rules as at 1 July 2019

Consultation on Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019 has closed.

The freedom camping bylaw was first adapted in 2013 to allow us to define areas of council land where freedom camping is allowed or prohibited. It also gives us the ability to set necessary restrictions and regulate freedom camping in our city, including the power to issue fines.

We have certain rules that people must follow when freedom camping in Tauranga. They ensure we are protecting our environment and the health and safety of our residents and visitors.

After a formal consultation process, Council’s Policy Committee considered all of the submissions and made decisions on the issues raised on 7 May. Following this meeting, the decisions of the Committee were incorporated into a final version of the bylaw. On 4 June Council adopted the final bylaw which effect on the 1 July 2019.

The main changes to the bylaw are:

  • Freedom camping is prohibited at Macville Park, Omanu Surf Club car park Cliff Road car park, Greerton car park, Sulphur Point, Turret Road, Shadelands Lane, Ocean Downs Reserve and Papamoa Domain
  • The number of freedom camping sites at Kulim Park has reduced from five to two, and at Whareroa Reserve from six to four
  • Removed the 3.5 tonne weight restriction at Kulim Park
  • Increased the number of freedom camping vehicles at Mount Greens car park (five to 10), Cambridge Park (two to six), Carlton Street Reserve (six to eight) and Marine Park 1 (increased to eight all year round)
  • Marine Park 2 designated as a new freedom camping area with three freedom camping sites 
  • Freedom camping vehicles are able to park outside of a marked and formed parking space in Mount Greens carpark and in all council carparks (excluding Dive Crescent and Strand Waterfront carparks) between 8pm and 7am
  • The Chief Executive has the authority to temporarily waive or modify the freedom camping rules or close/restrict a freedom camping area
  • Council is able to change the location of designated freedom camping parking sites within a permitted freedom camping area by publicly notified resolution
  • Public applications to temporarily waive or modify the freedom camping rules must be submitted in writing at least 14 days before any changes taking place.

 

Our freedom camping bylaw allows us to control freedom camping in Tauranga by defining areas of council land where freedom camping is prohibited or restricted. It also gives us the ability to set necessary restrictions and regulate freedom camping in our city, including the power to issue fines.

We have certain rules that people must follow when freedom camping in Tauranga. They ensure we are protecting our environment and the health and safety of our residents and visitors.

We are proposing some changes to the current rules, as listed below. 

Have your say by 5pm on Friday, 22 February 2019

Draft Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019 (4mb pdf) Statement of proposal (87kb pdf)

This is a formal consultation. Hearing of submissions will take place on 27 March 2019. We’ll use your feedback to propose a final revised bylaw for adoption by Council in May 2019.

If you have any questions please contact the Strategic Policy and Planning team on 07 577 7000 or info@tauranga.govt.nz

This formal consultation process is the last opportunity to have your say before the changes become law.

Proposed changes to the bylaw, and why we want to make them

Proposed rule: Council has the ability to change the location of designated freedom camping parking sites within a permitted freedom camping area by publicly notified resolution.
Why: When a park or reserve is upgraded or modified, we can move the designated freedom camping parking sites to a more suitable location within the park or reserve.

Proposed rule: The Chief Executive can temporary waive or modify the freedom camping rules in Tauranga.
Why: To temporarily allow freedom camping in an area for an event or other activity.

Proposed rule: Public applications to temporarily waive or modify the freedom camping rules must be in writing at least 14 days before any changes take effect.
Why: To allow sufficient time to consider and approve any applications.

Proposed rule: The Chief Executive can temporarily close or restrict freedom camping in any area.
Why: To prevent damage, to allow park maintenance, to protect the safety or persons/property or to allow an event to take place.

Proposed rule: Freedom camping is prohibited in Macville Park, Omanu Surf Club car par and Sulphur Point.
Why: These areas have increased in popularity – to ensure public access they are no longer suitable for freedom camping.

Proposed rule: Freedom camping prohibited in Ocean Downs Reserve.
Why: This reserve will be developed so it has a dedicated car park. We expect high use of this car park due to the sports field, making it unsuitable for freedom camping.

Proposed rule: Freedom camping prohibited in Cliff Road car park.
Why: Due to concerns of heavy vehicles in certain areas of the car park, it is not suitable for freedom camping.

Proposed rule: Freedom camping prohibited in Shadelands Lane.
Why: This is a narrow lane that has high use and is not suitable for freedom camping.

Proposed rule: Reduce the number of freedom camping sites at Kulim Park from five to two.
Why: To protect the grassed area that was being damaged by freedom camping vehicles.

Proposed rule: Increase the number of freedom camping vehicles permitted in Mount Greens car park (five to 10), Cambridge Park (two to six), Carlton Street Reserve (six to eight) and Marine Park 1 (increase to eight all year round)
Why: A recent assessment of these locations supports accommodating more freedom campers without it having an impact on the area.

Proposed rule: Include Marine Park 2 as a new freedom camping area and permit three freedom camping vehicles.
Why: A recent assessment of Marine Park 2 supports accommodating three vehicles without it having an impact on the area.

Proposed rule: Freedom camping vehicles must stay within the designated parking area, and not encroach on another designated parking area.
Why: To ensure freedom campers only take up one car park, so that everyone has fair access to the park or reserve.

Proposed rule: Add timeframes for restrictions to freedom camp in certain reserves from 7pm Sunday to 10am Friday.
Why: For clarity. Current rules are Sunday to Thursday with no timeframes.

Proposed rule: Freedom campers cannot park directly outside (i.e. on the same side of the road as) a private residence or commercial/industrial premises.
Why: For clarity. Changing ‘in front of’ to ‘on same side of the road’ so that the rule only applies to the side of the road where the residence or premises are located.

Proposed rule: Removal of all reserves without formed car parks from the list of parks and reserves (schedule 2)
Why: For clarity. All reserves without formed car parks remain prohibited.

Proposed rule: Removal of Harington Street car park and Durham Street West car park as restricted areas.
Why: These car parks are no longer accessible. Note: Harington Street car park will become a paid parking building on completion.

We’re also proposing various other minor amendments for clarity and consistency, including additional definitions. Refer to the marked-up bylaw for full details.

Posted: Jan 18, 2019,
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