Review of Speed Limits Bylaw

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Issued: 14 February 2020

Submissions have now closed on Wednesday 25 March 2020

​What is being ​​​p​​roposed?

​​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 amendments:

​​
CHANGE​REASON
​​​New Schedule
SCHEDULE 10:
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:
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
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.

Map 4:
Gladstone
Reason: Amended to include Stratford Mill subdivision.

Map 5
Greymouth/Karoro/South Beach/Cobden/Boddytown/Blaketown
Reason: Amended to reflect reduced size of 30 km/h zone (and increased size of 50 km/hr zone).

Map 6
Kaiata: Map now includes Kaiata Development Park area

Map 8
Paroa: Amended to include Stratford Mill subdivision.

Map 10
Moana: Extent of 50 km/hr zone extended further out as a result of increased development in the area.

Map 11
Greymouth CBD speed zones reduced - see reasons above.

Map 13
Nelson Creek NEW
Requested 50 km/hr holiday speed zone – community requested

Map 14
Barrytown NEW
Reason: Community has requested zone.
Amend Schedule 7
SCHEDULE 7:
ROADS SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 70 KM/H
​Map 12
NEW
Nelson Creek – Community has requested.​

Schedules detailing the locations for the proposed new speed limits, as well as the proposed changes clearly marked, are in the Draft Grey District Council Speed Limits Bylaw (available for download below).

​Why is this​ being pro​​posed?

These changes are proposed to:

  • ​​Improve road safety in in the Grey District.
  • Include new areas requested by communities.
  • Other minor amendments for clarification.​

​What a​​​​re 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: Implement the pr​oposed changes.

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

​BENEFITS​NEGATIVES
  • ​​The proposed changes will contribute to  improving road safety in the Grey District.

  • Will help reinforce the new CBD zone and in particular current and future stages of the Greymouth CBD Redevelopment Plan.

  • Increased safety in response to community requests are actioned.​

  • 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.


​OPTION TWO: Status quo – keep th​​​e bylaw unchanged.


Benefits and negatives of not implementing the proposed changes include:

​BENEFITS​NEGATIVES
  • ​​There will be no need t​o change existing speed restriction signage.      

  • Motorists may be happier as the speed change 
    may not be acceptable by all motorists.

  • Will not help reinforce the most recent changes
     to the reduced size of the Greymouth CBD zone
     as  per the Greymouth CBD Redevelopment Plan.

  • Public representations received in the run-up to 
    ​the latest review will be ignored.​

  • ​The existing s​peed limits will not contribute to improving road safety in the Grey District.

​How to ha​​ve yo​​​ur​ 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.

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 Wednesday 25 March 2020.​​

​Documents

Submission Form​ (PDF​, 161KB) 
Summary of Proposal Speed Limits Bylaw​ (PDF, 173KB)
​​Draft Speed Limits Bylaw ( PDF, 8MB)

Online Submission Form: Review of Speed Limits Bylaw

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