Appeal period opens for proposal
Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Representation Review proposal that was formally adopted last month is open for public appeals and objections until Monday November 5.
Council is proposing a mix of community boards and ward councillor committees for the 2019 and 2022 triennial elections.
Appeals and objections can be submitted online on council’s website at haveyoursay.westernbay.govt.nz/finalproposal. The final proposal followed comprehensive consultation and engagement to gain better understanding of the Western Bay community’s views on fair and effective representation, and communities of interest.
If a person who made a submission on the initial proposal is not satisfied with Council’s amended proposal they can appeal it. However, if a person did not make a submission to the initial proposal but does not agree with the outcome, they can make an objection to it.
If Council receives an appeal or objection it must refer the whole representation review to the Local Government Commission no later than January 15, 2019.
The Commission has a quasijudicial role to determine the best representation arrangements for the Western Bay or any other local authority whose proposal goes to review.
The Commission takes into account Council’s decision, submissions, appeals and objections. It must issue its decision no later than April 10, 2019.