Consultation to Begin on Proposed Freedom Camping Bylaw

The Hurunui District Council has adopted the statement of proposal and summary of information for a new Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw, enabling public consultation on the proposal to begin.

During the review of its current bylaw, the council found that it appeared to be overly prescriptive in some areas and needed to be revised to reflect the requirements of the Freedom Camping Act 2011 and modern drafting practice. The new bylaw has been proposed as a result of this.

Hurunui District Council’s Regulatory Services Manager, Judith Batchelor, says that now the statement of proposal has been adopted by the council, the public can now have their say on important issues such as designated freedom camping areas, waste issues, roading and access issues associated with freedom camping.

“The special consultative procedure can now begin, and identified stakeholders have been notified of the consultation period opening. It is important that members of the public are enabled to have their voices heard on this issue.”

The proposed bylaw suggests freedom camping be generally permitted throughout the district in certified self-contained vehicles, with the exception of some areas where the activity will be prohibited. The public consultation process provides an opportunity for the public to influence the direction of the policy before it is placed before the council for consideration.

Mayor Winton Dalley says that as the tourism industry in the Hurunui district continues to grow, it is essential we have clear guidelines for activities such as freedom camping.

“I encourage residents in the district to get involved in the consultation process and have their say on this proposed bylaw which is likely to become crucial in the management of increased tourist numbers to the Hurunui,” says Mr Dalley.

The proposed bylaw and further information on how to make a submission can be accessed by visiting a council library or service centre, or on the council’s website: www.hurunui.govt.nz. Submissions can be made until Wednesday 8 November 2017.