Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw
Council recently reviewed the Responsible Freedom Camping bylaw, and as part of that undertook extensive engagement and consultation with stakeholders and the community.
It became apparent that freedom camping is still causing issues in certain areas of the Grey District. Throughout the formal consultation period, Council received 48 submissions from different organisations and individuals. On the 26 November 2020 Council adopted the new Responsible Freedom Camping bylaw, which means there are now a restricted number of sites available for responsible freedom camping at the designated sites. The sites have designated areas available for daytime/sightseeing parking only. Council feels that this will allow better access for locals and sightseers to enjoy the location.
Responsible Freedom Camping in the Grey District means that all vehicles that are camping on Council controlled land, must be certified self-contained.
You can view the adopted bylaw here.
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 Cemeteries Bylaw went back to Council in July 2020 and an amendment was made to the base sizes only.
Water Supply Bylaw
- The figure 1 and 2 diagrams for 10.2 Point of Supply included in the Model General Bylaw have been updated to include only those that are currently in practice and utilised in the Grey District.
- All standards and legislation in the Model General Bylaw have been updated within the bylaw.
- Where the Model General Bylaw allowed for either/or scenarios, only practices that are being utilised in the Grey District are now contained within the bylaw.
- The Breaches and Infringement Notices (clause 11) has been updated to include penalties for breach of Bylaws as Council moves to make localised adjustments to the Water Supply (NZS 9201:Part 7:2007) Model General Bylaw.
- The plumbing system compatibility features table has been updated to what is currently utilised in the Grey District.
Wastewater Drainage Bylaw
Council had in place the NZS 9201: Part 22:1999: Wastewater Drainage Model General Bylaw. This was reviewed and consulted on in 2019 and received no submissions.
The Grey District Council Wastewater Drainage Bylaw is proposing to change this to:
- The property owner will be responsible for the maintenance (clearing of blockages), from their dwelling to the public drain, which in most cases will be in the road reserve).
- Council will continue to own, repair and replace the sewer lateral in the public road reserve, but under point 1 above, the property owner will clear blockages.
- At present if a blockage is dislodged by a person cleaning the private drain on private property and then becomes relodged in the drain on within the road reserve (before the public drain), both the property owner’s drainlayer and Council’s contractor are called to site to resolve the issue, even though the blockage resulted from the private property. This has led to many discussions between Council and the drainlayer around the allocation of costs for un-blocking the drain, in many cases leading to increased, un-budgeted costs for Council.
- The proposed change via the Grey District Council Wastewater Drainage Bylaw would remove the need for these discussions unless there is clear evidence that the blockage is a result of a damaged or failed drain in the road reserve. In this case, the Council would repair the drain in the road reserve and most likely cover the drainlayers time for the initial attempt to unblock the failed drain.
Speed Limits Bylaw
Council had in place a Speed Limits Bylaw to contribute to a safe and efficient road network by imposing reasonable, appropriate, and enforceable speed limits.
Council reviewed the bylaw and is making the following amendments:
ROAD WITH HOLIDAY SPEED LIMIT
New items included to include a reduced speed restriction for:
The Nelson Creek township.
The Moana Township
|Amend Schedule 3:|
ROAD SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 30 KM/H
|Original areas established to ensure no conflict with the October Motorcycle Street Races.|
However, this resulted in some complaints that the current 30 km/h was too large.
Original initiative was to support Council’s CBD renewal initiative of making the township safer for pedestrian and cyclists.
Solution has been identified to reduce the area to achieve this and to be more consistent with the reduced the CBD zone in the CBD Redevelopment Plan.
Amend Schedule 5
URBAN TRAFFIC AREAS – ROADS SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 50 KM/H
|Delete Item – Stillwater / Arnold Valley Road from Schedule|
Reason: Correction. This area is included in Schedule 7 (70 km/hr) zone.
Reason: Amended to include Stratford Mill subdivision.
Reason: Amended to reflect reduced size of 30 km/h zone (and increased size of 50 km/hr zone).
Kaiata: Map now includes Kaiata Development Park area
Paroa: Amended to include Stratford Mill subdivision.
Moana: Extent of 50 km/hr zone extended further out as a result of increased development in the area.
Greymouth CBD speed zones reduced - see reasons above.
Nelson Creek NEW
Requested 50 km/hr holiday speed zone – community requested
Reason: Community has requested zone.
Signage Bylaw Review
- Model General Bylaw- Control of Advertising Signs (NZS 9201:Part 8:1999)
- Street Signage Bylaw
Retirement Housing Policy Review
- The change in the age of eligibility.
- The decrease in asset limit.
- Use of older persons rather than elderly person.
- Lack of reference to social housing and request to include accommodation for older persons, the disabled and the homeless, including emergency housing.
- Asset limit – does $100,000 apply to a couple as well as a single person?
- Change to tenant’s “disadvantaged” status, i.e. what if they are no longer disadvantaged.
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.
Significance and Engagement Policy review
Formal transfer of navigational powers
- 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
Draft CBD Redevelopment Plan
- Council to directly engage with Māwhera Incorporation on potential changes to the plan.
- Further engagement with the CBD Redevelopment Forum.
West Coast Regional Waste Minimisation and Management Plan