Time To Have Your Say On Beach Bylaws

Public consultation to review the Kapiti Coast District Council’s Beach Bylaws will kick off in October.

Consultation was to take place in May, but because of the COVID-19 lockdown it could not proceed as planned. 

The Beach Bylaw creates the rules for Council-managed areas of beach for health and safety, litter, access, vehicles, horses, motorised watercrafts and environmental protections.

Bylaws are required to be reviewed every 10 years and the Beach Bylaw process must be complete by 30 June 2021.

The Council’s Environment Manager Jacquie Muir says a survey in February and March drew over 1700 responses, and a series of meetings and workshops has provided additional feedback which will be used to update the Bylaw. 

“I’d like to thank everyone who has provided us with feedback so far and for your patience as we work through this process,” Ms Muir says.

“Following the lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown we’ve been working to reschedule community meetings and set a new time for revising the Bylaw (s).” 

The updated timeline:

Formal consultation on the updated bylaw is expected to run for five weeks from 12 October 2020 to 13 November 2020.

Following formal consultation, hearings will take place in late November. This will be an opportunity for the public to speak to their submissions.

Over summer council staff will incorporate the results of public consultation into what will be the Kapiti Coast District Council Beach Bylaw 2021.

A finalised Beach Bylaw is expected to be presented to Council for adopting in March 2021.

Ms Muir says Kqapiti beaches are a taonga and play an important part in everyone’s lives and in the district’s identity, and ‘it is important we take the time to get the best outcome.’

More information

For more information on the Beach Bylaw review and to see the results of the survey visit: www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/beachbylaw.

Survey results are presented without analysis and do not include personal feedback.

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