Ultimately, we want to ensure public land is used for everyone’s benefit, and that it is consistently managed. We also want to ensure that everyone, including community groups, commercial and private users, understands what can and can’t be done on council land.
To inform our review, we asked the community and stakeholders for their feedback on how they want to use parks, reserves and stormwater reserves in the future between 21 September and 23 October 2020. The feedback received will help us shape the fair access to our places and spaces in the future.
We are currently analysing the feedback received and will come back to the community in mid-2022 with a draft policy on these issues.
There are ten policies we are currently reviewing:
Note: This review looks primarily at parks and reserves held under the Reserves Act, stormwater reserves, and private and commercial activities that may or may not occur in these spaces. The Reserves Act and the Tauranga Reserve Management Plan provide a lot of the higher-level rules around what can be done in these spaces and we are not replicating that here. We will also complete a part two of this review looking separately at road reserves and we will ask questions about those in the future.
Explore our tiles and find out how we’re currently managing the use of our parks, reserves and stormwater reserves. Find out how we’re currently using and managing council land.
Council allows temporary commercial licences for some reserves through a tender process. Temporary commercial activities provide goods or services or hire equipment at a cost to users of the public space. Tour operators, boot camps and fitness classes do not currently require a licence or payment but businesses like a coffee cart, scooter/kayak hire or surfing lessons do. What are your thoughts on temporary commercial activities, where they could or couldn’t take place, how they are allocated and which criteria we might use to do so?
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Council allows temporary commercial licences for some reserves through a tender process. Temporary commercial activities provide goods or services or hire equipment at a cost to users of the public space. Tour operators, boot camps and fitness sessions do not currently require a licence or payment but businesses like a coffee cart, scooter/kayak hire or surfing lessons do. What are your thoughts on temporary commercial activities, where they could or couldn’t take place, how they are allocated and which criteria we might use to do so?
Council also allows markets on public land, and individual stalls for fundraising purposes. Individual commercial stalls are not allowed without a temporary commercial licence. What are your thoughts on where and how markets or individual stalls (for fundraising or commercial purposes) should be allowed to operate?
Council currently requires some activities to book to use public land but does not require them to pay for it. This includes things like weddings, small community events, professional photography and filming. What are your thoughts on which activities should be free, and which should pay a fee to use the land?
Council currently provides land for a small number of community gardens and the community group applies for a licence to occupy the land. What role should council play in providing community gardens?
Council currently provides land for some early childhood education facilities and playcentres. Some have long term leases and have been operating for many years. Council decided some years ago that there should be no new facilities for early childhood education facilities on council land. What are your thoughts? Should we continue providing land for the existing facilities? And what role should council play in general in providing land for early childhood education?
People often wish to honour the memory of a loved one by donating memorial seats, picnic tables, planting a tree or scattering ashes in public spaces. Tauranga is a fast growing city and many of our most popular reserves are already at capacity for memorial seats and picnic tables. What are your thoughts on how we should manage memorial activities in the future?
Like in any other growing city, there are many different events and activities that can be held on public land. These range from large music concerts and national/international multisport events to community markets and family fun days. Sometimes, event holders want to book the same public space at the same time – especially during the busy summer season. What is your view on how we should determine who gets to use the land if multiple users want to use the same public space at the same time? And are there any reasons council should say no to an event or activity?
Some businesses, organisations and individuals have a lease or licence to occupy a public space for their benefit. What are your views on how long exclusive use should be granted for? And what criteria should we use when someone applies for one?
Sports and community groups using council land may need to access funding to support their purposes, which may include signage for sponsors. What is your view on how we should manage such signage on public reserves? Or on club facilities on public reserves, especially where multiple clubs use the same facility?
Some businesses, organisations and individuals have a lease or licence to occupy a public space for their benefit. What are your views on for how long exclusive use should be granted? And what criteria should council use when someone applies for one?
Some people use parts of public land for their private benefit without asking. They build private structures, plant private gardens and more. Share your thoughts with us if people should be able to use public land outside their property boundaries without permission. Also, if they use public space for private benefit, should they pay for it?
Council may grant licences to network operators under the Telecommunications Act 1987 for the purposes of placing and maintaining telecommunications facilities. This includes things like temporary facilities at Mount Maunganui over summer when the network needs additional capacity due to increased demand. Share your views on the criteria that council should apply.
Stormwater reserves are designed to absorb water and are therefore different to most other public places. Long grass helps absorb and filter water as a result of intense rainfall. To allow the flow of water, certain structures or activities are not allowed. Share your views on what types of activities council should allow on stormwater reserves.
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