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.

Last updated 18 March 2020

Model General Bylaw Review

Last year Council consulted on their Model General Bylaws and at the March meeting Council adopted the following Bylaws adapted for Grey District Council purposes:

  • Grey District Council Fires in the Open Air
  • Grey District Council Hostels 
  • Grey District Council Introduction
  • Grey District Council Public Places 
  • Grey District Council ​The Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees

You can view the adopted Bylaws here.​​

​​Cemeteries Bylaw

​Council recently consulted on a Cemeteries Bylaw​. The draft Cemeteries Bylaw (intended to replace the previous model general Bylaw, The Cemetery Monument Standards and the Pre-Purchase of Cemetery Plots) was developed to provide conditions and enforceability for Council in its administration and oversight of the ​district’s Cemeteries.

Three submissions were received and these were heard and considered by Council in March. The final bylaw was approved with minor amendments. You can read the submissions in the March agenda and Councils final decision here. The final Bylaw is available to view below.

Cemeteries Bylaw​ (PDF, 314KB)

Significance and Engagement Po​​​​​licy review

Council has a Significance and Engagement Policy which sets out the Council’s approach to how it will determine the significance and engagement of proposals and decisions it takes.

A review was undertaken to strengthen, clarify and, to some extent, uncomplicate its current policy and sees that the draft reviewed policy succeeds in doing this. Council also wanted to have clear policy and guidance on the Principles of Consultation under section 82 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Public consultation was carried out during May/June 2019. One submission was received in support of the proposed changes. Council amended the draft version slightly by adding in Aerodrome and Community Facilities under Strategic Assets and the final policy was adopted on 12 August 2019. You can read the policy below.

Significance & Engagement Policy​ (PDF, 300KB)​

Formal transfer of navig​ationa​​​l powers

The navigation safety function in relation of the Port of Greymouth is defined in Part 3A of the Maritime Transport Act 1994 and in terms of that Act, the responsibility for these functions rests with the West Coast Regional Council. 

The functions and powers involved include (among others):

  • ​The power to appoint a Harbourmaster
  • The power to appoint Enforcement Officers
  • The power to erect and maintain navigational aids in accordance with maritime rules
  • The power to make bylaws

The Port of Greymouth is under ownership and management of the Grey District Council and this ‘responsibility split’ with the Regional Council makes the safe management of the Port very difficult. 

Historically there appears to have been a transfer of the navigation safety functions to the Greymouth Harbour Board, however details of this are not to hand as it is likely this would have been done before 1982. ​It is noted this arrangement is not new and has been in place for many decades but a formal transfer document to substantiate it cannot be found. This process is to formalise the arrangement.

This issue was publically consulted on May/June 2019. We are now waiting for Ministerial approval and then this matter will go back to Council for a decision.​

Draft​​ CBD R​ed​​ev​elopment Plan

​​​Council held an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday 17 April 2019 to hear public submissions on the draft CBD Redevelopment Plan and to provide direction on the next steps for the project. 

Council received 43 submissions on the Draft Plan. Overall the Draft CBD Redevelopment Plan was strongly supported, with over 76% of submissions in support. 

However, Māwhera Incorporation submitted against the draft CBD Redevelopment Plan and asked Council to defer decision making on the plan for 60 days to allow further in-depth engagement. Council decided to defer final decision making and adoption of the plan to allow further engagement with Māwhera Incorporation as they are a key stakeholder and partner in the future redevelopment of the Greymouth CBD. 

The next steps for the project are as follows:

  1. Council to directly engage with Māwhera Incorporation on potential changes to the plan.
  2. Further engagement with the CBD Redevelopment Forum.

A revised CBD Redevelopment Plan will then be brought back to Council for further consideration and for Council to determine, depending on the level of change, whether another round of public consultation and submissions is required. ​​Another update on the project will be provided in June. ​

Strateg​​ic Routes

In February/March 2019 Council consulted on proposed strategic routes in the Grey District. Strategic routes are thoroughfares with sufficient vehicular and pedestrian traffic, where there are parts of Unreinforced Masonry buildings that could fall in an earthquake. In it's consultation, Council identified all the streets in the Greymouth CBD as being potentially Strategic Routes.

One submission was received. Council considered the matter at its meeting on 8 April 2019 and confirmed the earthquake prone buildings strategic routes/thoroughfares as consulted on.

West Coast Regional Waste Minimisation and Mana​gement Plan

A joint draft West Coast Regional Waste Minimisation and Management Plan was developed for the three West Coast councils and went out for public submissions in July/August 2018. Four submissions were received in the Grey District. On 12 November 2018 Council adopted the plan as consulted on without change. It noted it would take on board suggestions made by submitters and would consider changes to the Waste Minimisation and Management Plan and the Action Plan with respect to any new services as part of its draft 2021-2031 Long Term Plan.​

Page reviewed: 18 Mar 2020 10:03am