Rejigged bylaw back to council
A much more permissive draft freedom camping bylaw is likely to be sent out for public consultation by the Taupo¯ District Council.
The re-written draft bylaw will be considered by councillors at an extraordinary council meeting on Thursday September 14.
The revised draft bylaw permits only self-contained campervans to camp out within the Taupo¯ District’s local authority area.
The new proposal removes a contentious law that would have banned all campervans staying overnight within 200 metres of the lake.
Drivers of so-called ‘‘sliding door campervans’’, which are not self-contained, could be liable for a $200 infringement if they stay parked up next to the lake or in town.
Non-self-contained vans will be permitted at designated areas, which include Hipapatua [Reid’s Farm], Mangakino Recreation Reserve, Whakamaru Domain and Whakamaru Recreation Reserve.
A report accompanying the revised bylaw proposal said residents’ main concerns were about ‘‘impacts on the environment and people’s health and safety from waste from campers’’, as well as access to lakefront areas.
The report, authored by council’s senior policy advisor Jane Budge, said banning sliding door vans from areas without adequate rubbish bins and public toilets should address waste concerns.
The Reserve Act  already prohibits camping on reserves, so using this act’s provisions - and using the existing Traffic Bylaw for roads around town - would manage campers better than a bylaw would, the report said.
The council’s first bylaw proposal was sent out for public consultation in February and April. The first proposal banned campers from the all public areas in the Taupo¯ District, with the exception of 15 sites.
More than 135 public submissions on proposal came in, with around 80 per cent in opposition.
According to Thursday’s meeting agenda, councillors can vote to send the re-jigged bylaw to public consultation from September 19 to October 20, with a hearing on November 13. Councillors could make a decision in midNovember.