Views sought on prop­erty by­law

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Messy neigh­bours who need a hand clear­ing their prop­erty of rub­bish and feral an­i­mals may get fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. That is if Auck­lan­ders say so.

Public sub­mis­sions are be­ing sought on a new by­law which will reg­u­late over­grown sec­tions and how tidy they must be.

The pro­posed Prop­erty Main­te­nance and Nui­sance By­law is be­ing con­sid­ered be­cause of the health risks and public safety is­sues that come with messy lawns on pri­vate prop­erty.

Auck­land Coun­cil by­laws and com­pli­ance man­ager Max Wilde says so far fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance has not been con­sid­ered in the draft by­law. But Auck­lan­ders could, dur­ing public con­sul­ta­tion, ask the coun­cil to look at fi­nan­cially as­sist­ing peo­ple who can’t af­ford to clear their prop­er­ties.

The max­i­mum penalty is $20,000 for those who do not com­ply with the by­law, Wilde says.

And Auck­lan­ders who are both­ered by ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing in residential ar­eas will be able to breathe a sigh of re­lief. This is­sue will be cov­ered un­der the by­law too un­til the Auck­land Uni­tary Plan is in play, Wilde says.

Go to sha­peauck­ to make a sub­mis­sion by July 1.

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