Speed Limits Bylaw Review

​Issued 16 May 2018

What is being proposed?

Grey District Council has in place a Speed Limits Bylaw to contribute to a safe and efficient road network by imposing reasonable, appropriate and enforceable speed limits.

Council has reviewed the bylaw and is proposing the following updates:

  1. Updating references to the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017 as the previous version (2003) was revoked on the 24 August 2017 by Notice in the NZ Gazette.
  2. Introducing 30 kilometre per hour speed limits to specific roads within the Greymouth Township Central Business District.
  3. Introducing a 10 kilometre per hour speed limit to a specific section of Tainui Street.
  4. Other minor amendments.

Schedules detailing the locations for the proposed new speed limits, as well the proposed changes clearly marked, are in the draft bylaw (available to download below).

Why is this being proposed?

These changes are proposed to:

  1. Replace out of date references.
  2. Improve road safety in in the Greymouth CBD and to make the area more user friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.
  3. Further improve road safety in the Town Square and the Tainui Shared Street area which has a high pedestrian use.
  4. Other minor amendments for clarification.

What are the options?

Note: Only the proposed speed restriction changes have been assessed as the other amendments are procedural matters.

There are two options:

OPTION ONE: Status quo – keep the bylaw unchanged.

Benefits and negatives of not implementing the proposed changes include:

  • There will be no need to change existing speed restriction signage.
  • Motorists may be happier as the speed change may not be acceptable by all motorists.
  • The existing speed limits will not contribute to improving road safety in the CBD.
  • Will not help reinforce the presences of the CBD and, in particular, current and future stages of the Greymouth Mawhera Renewal – Urban Design Framework Strategy.​

OPTION TWO: Implement the proposed changes.

This is Council’s preferred option. Benefits and negatives are as follows:

  • The proposed changes will contribute to improving road safety in the CBD.
  • Will help reinforce the presences of the CBD and in particular current and future stages of the Greymouth Mawhera Renewal – Urban Design Framework Strategy.
  • There will be a cost of implementing the installation of new traffic signs and markings.

The new speed limits shall become enforceable once all traffic control devices are installed in accordance with Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004. Enforcement of speed restrictions is carried out by the NZ Police.

How to have your say

Residents are strongly encouraged to have a say. We want to hear from as many people as possible before the final bylaw is adopted, so please have your say today.

All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format:

  • Council submission form – online or paper
  • Email to submissions@greydc.govt.nz
  • Written submissions posted to Grey District Council, PO Box 382, Greymouth or hand delivered to 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth

You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at a meeting after the close-off date (this will likely be the ordinary meeting of Council in July).

Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.

Submissions close at 5pm on Tuesday 19 June 2018.


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