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Bylaw and Policy Review 2020

What is a bylaw?

Bylaws are rules made by Council under the Local Government Act 2002 (the “Act”). They are created for the purpose of:

  • Protecting the public from nuisance;
  • Protecting, promoting, and maintaining public health and safety; and
  • Minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.

Bylaws are also made to regulate activities such as solid waste and to manage, regulate and protect Council infrastructure from damage, misuse or loss, including the public water supply network and cemeteries.

What bylaws and policies are being reviewed?

The Manawatū District Council is reviewing the following bylaws and policy:

  • Freedom Camping Bylaw
  • Public Places Bylaw
  • Stock Movement and Grazing Bylaw
  • Stock Underpass Policy

Click on the below tiles to find out more about that specific topic, and make a submission. If you would like to make a submission on more than one topic, you will need to click on each tile individually

Key Documents

Statement of Proposal (3MB pdf)

Next Steps

A hearing will be held for those wanting to present their views to the Hearings Committee on 7th May 2020, with a reserve date of 14th May 2020 depending on the number of submitters who wish to speak.

Those who indicate they wish to speak to their submission will be allocated a speaking time via email following the close of submissions.

The Hearings Committee will deliberate on submissions on 21st May 2020, with the final versions of the bylaws and policy scheduled for adoption by Council on 2nd July 2020.

Please be aware, due to the current COVID-19 situation, dates for hearings, deliberations and potentially adoption will have to be rescheduled. Information will be made available as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Please note, the deadline for submissions on the Bylaw and Policy Review 2020 has been extended to 5pm Thursday 23 April 2020.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the review, please direct these to bylawsreview@mdc.govt.nz or (06) 323 0000.