Beach Bylaw Review
This year we are reviewing the Kāpiti Coast District Council Beach Bylaw.
Formal consultation on a revised Beach Bylaw will begin in October 2020. Earlier this year we heard from the community about how they think our beaches are being managed and protected. We've captured the perspectives and opinions of as many people as possible to reflect in a revised Bylaw that reflects the values and needs of our community.
All beaches in New Zealand are subject to a range of central, regional and local rules and ours are no different.
Beach Bylaw 2009 Summary: How are our beaches protected and managed?
The Kāpiti Coast District Council Beach Bylaw 2009 is designed to help manage what people do on the beach and protect the beach environment. It’s an important set of rules and guidelines aimed at supporting the goals of the Kāpiti Coastal Strategy:
“That the environment and lifestyle values that have always attracted people to the area are protected and enhanced and the historical, geological and cultural values are preserved”.
After 10 years of the current bylaw being in place, and in accordance with legislation, we’re reviewing the bylaw to make sure it is fit-for-purpose for the next decade.
The Beach Bylaw is one of a several pieces of national, regional and local rules that govern our coastal environment. It works with and is subject to a range of rules under transport, marine and conservation Acts, regional council regulations and customary rights provisions. The Police and Fire and Emergency also play a role on New Zealand beaches.
So what is the Beach Bylaw and what does it do?
You can find the full document here but the Beach Bylaw covers a range of activities, including:
- How people behave on the beach
- Dumping litter or green waste on the beach is unacceptable
- Horse riding
- Harvesting sand, stones and wood
- Life Saving
- Trading on the beach and events.
Beach Bylaw review – timeline:
January to February 2020Pre-consultation survey and engagement
July to August 2020Further community engagement and feedback review
12 October to 13 November 2020Formal consultation
Late November to early December 2020Hearings and deliberations
February to March 2021Council Report: Adoption of Beach Bylaw 2021
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