Freedom Camping Bylaw review
Public consultation is now open for Council’s review of its Freedom Camping Bylaw .
STDC Community Services Group Manager, Fiona Greenhill, says the Council had planned to review the existing Bylaw a year after it was introduced.
"We introduced this new Bylaw in July 2016 and expected there were going to be some teething problems we’d need to work through. Thanks to the Kaikoura earthquake (which redirected tourists to the North Island) and Lonely Planet’s listing of Taranaki as the 2nd best region in the world to visit in 2017 we got a much bigger increase in tourist numbers than we’d normally expect," she says.
Ms Greenhill says since adopting the Bylaw, the Council has been monitoring sites and gathering information about the impact of freedom camping within the District.
"During this time we identified a number of ‘hot spots’ which we have focussed our review on and have also recently undertaken informal consultation with key stakeholders from those areas."
"Based on the feedback from these stakeholders the proposed key changes to the Bylaw include; prohibiting freedom camping from Paora Road, prohibiting freedom camping from the eastern end of Halse Place (Opunake), amending the limits on vehicle numbers, increasing the allocation of designated car parks at certain sites, improved signage and looking at options for increased monitoring and enforcement."
"This is your chance to let the Council know your views about freedom camping in South Taranaki and the proposed changes to the Bylaw, so please take the time to get involved and have your say," says Ms Greenhill.
Consultation finishes on 30 October 2017.