Christchurch City Council is calling for public feedback on proposed changes to the Freedom Camping Bylaw.
“Today marks the beginning of a five-week consultation period in which we invite people to have their say on the bylaw changes that we are proposing,’’ says Council Head of Strategic Policy Emma Davis.
“The feedback we get from people will be important as it will influence the final form of the Freedom Camping Bylaw.’’
The Council’s bylaw has been in place for five years and legally has to be reviewed. The bylaw has generally been working well, but Council staff are recommending a small number of changes.
Those changes include:
At the same time as the Council has been proposing local changes, the Government has been proposing national changes. The Government proposals are likely to lead to changes to the Freedom Camping Act, but won’t be finalised for some time.
“This is a separate process to the Council’s bylaw review”, says Ms Davis, “It’s important that we continue the process to review our bylaw, or the bylaw will lapse, leaving us with no bylaw to manage freedom camping. There’s strong public support for the bylaw, so we don’t want that to happen.”
The Council’s bylaw process will be completed before changes to the Freedom Camping Act are finalised.