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Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw – Submissions Open
Proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw – Now open for consultation
MONDAY 3 DECEMBER, 2018
We are seeking feedback from you on the proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw. Consultation is open until 5.00pm on Monday 18 February 2019.
We are asking for your views on:
key aspects of the proposed new bylaw
replacing legacy council bylaw provisions that managed freedom camping with the proposed new bylaw
questions specific to areas identified in the proposed new bylaw.
How we can improve the management of freedom camping in Auckland
Freedom camper numbers are growing throughout New Zealand. Our research has found that Auckland does not have enough places for freedom campers to go.
This causes conflict when there is over-crowding and illegal camping in unsuitable areas.
We have been looking at reducing this conflict by providing more suitable areas for campers to go.
The Freedom Camping Act 2011:
allows freedom camping on land controlled or managed by the council
sets what the council can do to manage freedom camping.
Our proposed new bylaw
Through our proposed new bylaw, we can identify the places where:
we should prohibit freedom camping
we need to set restrictions to manage freedom camping.
The bylaw can include rules for both Auckland Council and Auckland Transport managed land. It will also give us the power to issue infringement fines. Our enforcement officers do not currently have infringement powers.
Prohibiting and restricting freedom camping
The Freedom Camping Act 2011 allows us to prohibit freedom camping in an area or put restrictions in place only if it is necessary to protect the area, protect the health and safety of people who may visit the area or protect access to the area.
It does not allow us to ban freedom camping everywhere in Auckland.
You can view more information, including maps of proposed prohibited and restricted areas by visiting the Have Your Say Website.
Ways you can have your say
We encourage you to have your say on the proposed bylaw in one of the following ways:
attending one of our Have Your Say Drop-in Sessions, an informal event where you can share your views with staff and decision makers
Saturday 2 February 10.00am-12.00pm
Grey Lynn Library Hall
Saturday 9 February 10.00am-12.00pm
Pukekohe Town Hall
Monday 11 February 6.00-8.00pm
Nixon Park Community Hall (Howick)
Tuesday 12 February 6.00-8.00pm
Te Atatu South Community Centre
Wednesday 13 February 6.00-8.00pm
Northcote War Memorial Hall
Saturday 16 February 10.00am-12.00pm
Orewa Community Centre
Saturday 16 February 2.00-4.00pm
Warkworth Masonic Hall
What will happen with your feedback?
We will analyse all the feedback received. Once complete, a summary of the feedback will be made public on www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyoursay. This feedback will help inform the Governing Body on their decision to implement the proposed bylaw.
All of the submissions received during the consultation will be considered at two public meetings. The meetings will be held at the Auckland Town Hall, 301 Queen Street, Auckland 9.30am on Thursday 4 April 2019 and Friday 5 April 2019.
You are welcome to attend to listen to the deliberations, however you cannot give feedback at these meetings