Chance for pub­lic to talk by­laws

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil is invit­ing pub­lic com­ment on seven by­laws that have ex­pired.

Those by­laws cover trade waste, land drainage, amuse­ment de­vices and entertainm­ent premises (all of which ex­pired on Oc­to­ber 16, 2016), use of pub­lic places (March 25, 2017), ve­hi­cle cross­ings (May 26, 2017), mo­bile shops and hawk­ers (July 29, 2017), and re­serves (De­cem­ber 9, 2017).

Gen­eral man­ager strate­gic plan­ning and pol­icy Dar­rell Sar­gent said a com­bi­na­tion of his­toric changes to leg­is­la­tion and staff move­ments had re­sulted in an in­com­plete list of by­laws and re­view dates.

Work on the dog man­age­ment by­law had high­lighted some con­cerns around the re­serves by­law, which led the ad­min­is­tra­tion to lo­cate and in­ves­ti­gate the con­tent and sta­tus of the full set of coun­cil by­laws.

“We re­cently ob­tained a le­gal opinion, which has clar­i­fied these pro­vi­sions, and a le­gal com­men­tary we have re­lied on to de­ter­mine when by­law re­views fall due, and we now have pro­cesses in place to en­sure all fu­ture by­laws will be re­viewed on time.”

The coun­cil would de­velop and seek pub­lic feed­back on the by­laws dur­ing June and July.

“At this stage we are not propos­ing sig­nif­i­cant changes to the draft by­laws we seek pub­lic feed­back on, but that doesn’t mean we won’t change the by­laws af­ter con­sid­er­ing sub­mis­sions from the com­mu­nity. We en­cour­age peo­ple with an in­ter­est in these by­laws to have their say dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.”

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