Consultation Outcomes

Below you will find Council decisions on matters which were recently out for public consultation. Our thanks to everyone who took the time to make a submission.

Smoke Free Public Places Policy

Ongoing pressure from health/anti-smoking agencies caused Grey District Council to reconsider its current stance on whether we should have a Smoke Free Policy. Council did not already have such a policy as enforcing it will be very difficult.

Council developed a draft Grey District Smoke Free Public Places Policy which addressed the need for a policy but avoided the need for enforcement. This proposed policy was based on a Council initiative to promote voluntary compliance with the policy by enforcing the following:

  • Smoking is harmful – to the smoker and to others.
  • It is not good social practice to smoke were others, especially young people, are in attendance.

This approach aligns with other local authorities do.

The draft policy went out for public consultation during December 2017/January 2018 and 29 submissions were received. Council heard and considered the submissions at their meeting on 12 February 2018 and decided to adopt the draft policy as it was. You can read the adopted policy here.

Copies of submissions are available in the agenda for the Council meeting on 12 February 2018.

Fees for new activities under the Resource Management Act

Recent changes to the Resource Management Act 1991 (the RMA) introduced two new consenting processes:

  • Permitted boundary activities (section 87BA of the RMA); and
  • Deemed permitted activities (section 87BB of the RMA).

These new provisions came into force on 18 October 2017.

Council, acting in terms of section 36 and section 36AA of the RMA, proposed to set fees to recover the costs associated with processing these new consents.

All fees listed are Deposits. Balance of charges will be charged at the rates specified.

Permitted boundary activities (section 87B)

​deposit only​$300
Deemed permitted activities (section 87BB)​deposit only​$470

The proposed fees went out for public consultation during December 2017/January 2018. No submissions were received and the fees were approved at Council's meeting on 12 February 2018.

Trading in Public Places Bylaw

The current Trading in Public Places Bylaw was adopted by Council in March 2016 and amended in April 2016. Although it is not due for a review at this point in time, Council decided it was timely for a review based on the following:

  • Confirmation of the legality of the 50m exclusion zone applicable to traders. The basis of an exclusion zone around existing businesses has been taken up with the Commerce Commission, who have accepted Council’s justification that such exclusion zones are necessary to maintain greater fairness in the commercial “playing field”.
  • A tidy-up of exemptions under the current bylaw.
  • Potentially providing for informal trading in the Town Square/Shared Street space.

The proposed amended bylaw and issue of informal trading in the Town Square/Shared Street went out for public consultation during December 2017/January 2018. Nineteen submissions were received, which Council heard and considered at their meeting on 12 February 2018. The proposed amended bylaw was approved and Council agreed to allow two informal trading spots in the Shared Street. You can read the adopted bylaw here.

Copies of submissions are available in the agenda for the Council meeting on 12 February 2018.

Future traffic options for Tainui Shared Street

The Town Square and Tainui Shared Street were officially opened to the public as part of The Hits Christmas Carnival in December 2018 and many activities were held in the new spaces and the CBD over that weekend.

Health and safety concerns noted over that time have again raised the question of whether Tainui Shared Street (part Tainui Street between Mackay Street and Mawhera Quay) should be permanently open or closed to vehicular traffic. In the interim Council closed the street to vehicles so that concerns over health and safety in the shared space can be addressed. Once the public were advised on how best to use the street to help keep everyone safe, the street was reopened with a 10km per hour speed limit.

Council carried out public consultation on the following two options:

Option 1 - To stop Tainui Shared Street as a street, thereby making it part of the Town Square with only delivery vehicles having right of entry.

OR

Option 2 - To allow all vehicles to use Tainui Shared Street as a street with a 10 km/h speed limit and to embark on a public information campaign making the community aware that:

  • It is an area designed to be shared by pedestrians and vehicles alike and that it requires responsible conduct from all concerned to make it safe.
  • The stormwater grilles as provided in the street represent the outer boundaries of the roadway.
  • True to the nature of such a facility, there are no median lines denoting the two lanes of the road and that motorists take care to keep to their side of the roadway.

A total of 390 submissions were received. Opposed to traffic - 358; in favour of traffic - 32.

Council heard and considered submissions on 12 February 2018. Council have decided they will proceed to permanent stop Tainui Street between Mawhera Quay and Mackay Street. Parking is now prohibited within this space, noting there is a loading zone/public drop off area immediately outside Ali’s Café. The street will remain open to traffic with a speed limit of 10 km/hr until the road stopping process is finalised.

You can read the full minutes of this meeting on our website. www.greydc.govt.nz/…/agend…/current-year/Pages/February.aspx

Copies of submissions are available in the agenda for the Council meeting on 12 February 2018.

Parking Strategy for Greymouth CBD

The Greymouth Urban Design Framework (the Framework) for our town centre was adopted by Council in August 2015. The Framework was undertaken to contribute to ensuring “economic growth and wellbeing in the Grey District” by being “a desirable place to live, study, work and invest” and arose from Grey District Community Economic Development Strategy.

The Framework proposed several improvement projects throughout the Greymouth Central Business District (CBD), including streetscape enhancements, a shared street, town square, town entrance gateways and pedestrian links. A robust parking strategy was identified as a key requirement to help ensure the success of the revitalisation of the CBD.

Council commissioned Opus International Consultants to carry out a strategic study of parking provision in the Greymouth CBD. A Draft Parking Strategy was developed and in April 2017 Council asked for public feedback on the proposed strategy.

After hearing and considering submission received, Council adopted the Draft Parking Strategy as consulted on at their meeting on 14 August 2017 with the following amendment:

  • Allow a 30-minute time limit for five parks on the southern side to the street along Guinness Street (at the Tainui Street end).

 Draft Parking Strategy (PDF, 9MB)

Amendment to Banning of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw

The Kaiata Community Centre would like to manage their property as an alcohol free area and approached Council to ask if Council could include the property under Schedule 3 of the current Banning of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw. Following a period of public consultation in April/May 2017, the proposed amendment was adopted by Council and can be viewed below.

 Banning of Alcohol in Public Places Bylaw (PDF, 4MB)

It should be noted that Council is not empowered to regulate the use of alcohol inside the Hall under the Bylaw.

Future and ownership of Port cranes

In May 2017, Council consulted with the public on the future and ownership of the Port cranes, which are an often admired visual feature against the Greymouth western skyline.

The Greymouth Heritage Trust (GHT) have previously advised they want to restore and relocate the cranes and have renewed enthusiasm for the project – they are working towards raising the necessary money now.

They suggested Council retain ownership of the cranes into the future, as custodians on behalf of the community, meaning Council also accepts all future maintenance and financial responsibility. Council instead proposed to transfer ownership of the cranes to the GHT to own and maintain the cranes as publicly accessible heritage items into the future and put the matter out for public submissions.

After hearing and considering submissions, Council stated it’s pleased the GHT remains committed to the retention, relocation and restoration of the Port cranes and that the Trust will do their best to fund it. It was decided that Council will not resume ownership of the cranes once restored; that they will remain with the GHT as per original intention of Council. When funding is in place for the crane restoration and relocation, Council will then look at the request received for bearing piles.

Future of History House Museum Service

Earlier this year the History House Museum building in Gresson was closed due to earthquake prone concerns. In May 2017 Council consulted the public on the preferred option to relocate the History House Museum to the ex Dick Smith building in the Greymouth CBD and contracting the Greymouth i-Site to deliver the museum services.

Around 60 submissions were received and Council heard and considered these submissions at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday 18 May 2017. Council has now decided to put any decisions on hold pending the gathering of further information. A full report with more detailed costings and information for all feasible options will go back to Council in the coming months as part of Council’s Long Term Planning process.

Please read the full press release below.

 Press release - Proposed shift of History House Museum put on hold (PDF, 66KB)

Funding of earthquake strengthening works to Left Bank Art Gallery building

In March 2017, we asked the public if Council should fund the required earthquake strengthening works on the Left Bank Art Gallery building at an approxiamte cost of $330,000 (this would be loan funded and equates to around $4.50 per ratepayer per year). There was overwhelming support for this proposal and Council confirmed they will progress with arranging these works at their meeting on Monday 10 April 2017.

Easter Sunday Shop Trading

We recently asked our community if they thought shop trading on Easter Sunday should be allowed in the Grey District.

Following the feedback received, Council have now developed and adopted a local policy stating if shops in the Grey District want to trade on Easter Sunday, they can. This is a power granted to Councils under section 5A of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016.

You can read the policy on our website – it came into effect from 21 March 2017.

Link to Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy

Page reviewed: 27 Feb 2018 3:20pm