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From the 20 May, Hauraki District Council is seeking feedback on three bylaw reviews and a districtwide (excluding State Highways) Speed Management Plan. Ready for feedback until the 20 June 2022 is the Traffic and Parking bylaw; Stock Crossing Bylaw; Waste Management Bylaw and the Speed Management Plan.

“Reviewing these bylaws and our Speed Management Plan means we’re making sure they’re appropriate for our communities,” said Hauraki District Mayor, Toby Adams.

“Our goal is always to listen to what our communities are telling us and then see how we can incorporate that feedback into the appropriate bylaw,” he added.

Traffic and Parking Bylaw

The Traffic and Parking bylaw sets the rules for parking and control of traffic on any road in the district, other than State Highways. Council proposes implementing some parking time limits in Waihi and Paeroa town centres; firming up rules around vehicles or material being left on the berms or road corridors and heavy vehicle restrictions on some roads.

“Bylaws are specific to our district, managed by ourselves or those we assign power to, such as the Police, and communities can have a big influence on how they want them to look,” said Mayor Adams.

Stock Crossing Bylaw

The Stock Crossing Bylaw helps Council to regulate the movement of livestock along and across local roads, in a way that helps to protect the surface and structure of the road while keeping other road users safe.

“We’re taking the opportunity to incorporate the last Franklin bylaw (which happens to be for stock crossing) into this bylaw and proposing a requirement for permits for some stock crossings in the Hauraki District. The busier the road and the more often stock are crossed the more likely you’ll need a permit,” he said.

Waste Management Bylaw

Community feedback on Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, (No Time to Waste | Tiakina a Papa! Mimiti te Para!), showed that there is a lot of support for recycling, reusing and repurposing to keep things out of landfill and into sustainable practices.

Council is proposing to license waste businesses who collect and transport waste in the district; introduce waste minimisation plans for large construction building consents and for event organisers, to have a waste management plan for significant sized events. These proposals are to align with Council’s recently approved Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

To reflect the scope of the Plan, Council has changed the bylaw name from Solid Waste to Waste Management.

Speed Management Plan

“And last, but by no means least,” said Mayor Adams, “we’re seeking feedback on our new district Speed Management Plan for our local roads (excluding State Highways).”

The Speed Management Plan proposes reductions to speed limits on some of the district’s roads.

“We reviewed 106 roads, and have proposed speed changes to some, and identified some areas where work is needed to reduce or support existing travel speeds”, he said.

“It’s about making sure our district is a safe, happy and healthy place to live and thrive for everyone so we really encourage our communities to have a say on these three bylaw reviews and the Speed Management Plan”, said Mayor Adams.

Seeking your feedback

Consultation is open for all three bylaw reviews and the Speed Management Plan.

Feedback closes at 4pm on Monday 20 June 2022. Head to Council’s ‘We need to talk’ website for the full information and how to give feedback for each subject, or pick up a feedback form from a Council office or library.