Views sought on property bylaw
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 shapeauckland.co.nz to make a submission by July 1.