Beach Bylaw Review
This year we will be reviewing the Kāpiti Coast District Council Beach Bylaw and want the community’s input.
Formal consultation will begin in April but before then we want to hear from beachgoers about how they think our beaches are being managed and protected. We want to capture the perspectives and opinions of as many people as possible to ensure that any proposed revisions to our Beach Bylaw reflect 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.
Update on the Beach Bylaw Review
COVID-19 and the move into Alert Levels 4 and 3 has pushed our work on the the Beach Bylaw Review out.
Prior to entering the lockdown, over 1700 people had completed our survey and we were preparing to hold community workshops. For obvious reasons workshops could not go ahead.
We are now considering how we can proceed with the workshops in a safe way before moving towards formal community consultation. At this stage we have not settled on a final date for consultation, but will endeavour to do this as quickly as possible.
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