Freedom camping hearing

Gisborne District Council will hear submissions on the Freedom Camping 2016 bylaw.

Gisborne District Council will hear submissions on the Freedom Camping 2016 bylaw.

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A NEW bylaw, the subject of a hearing tomorrow, is intended to set the boundaries for freedom camping by self-contained vehicles.

Gisborne District Council will hear submissions on the Freedom Camping 2016 bylaw, which will establish a number of new areas where freedom camping will be allowed including Kaiti Beach.

The council has been under pressure to revise its bylaw and has had requests from the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association to make more places available for freedom camping.

The association is one of 48 respondents to the draft bylaw released for submissions in July.

Freedom camping is one of the two forms the council allows. The other is summer camping, which is permitted on various sites around Gisborne and the East Coast.

Gisborne Yacht Club has made a submission supporting the inclusion of Kaiti Beach, provided measures are put in place to protect the rights of members.

Another submitter said Kaiti Beach Road was dangerous because of the logging trucks using it.

Staff have already recommended one amendment to the draft that was released — removing the Rere rockslide car park from the list of areas where freedom camping is permitted.

The new bylaw will add new sites for freedom camping, including Kaiti Beach and some summer campgrounds outside of the Daylight Saving period when they are not used. These include part of Tokomaru Bay, Kaiaua Beach, Tolaga Bay and Doneraile Park.

It will ensure a range of sites for different types of camping, from tents to self-contained vehicles.

It will extend existing freedom camping sites at the Makorori car park and the Marina car park to improve amenity and access, and to more clearly separate them from other users.

Freedom camping restrictions in the Gisborne urban area will be clarified. Titirangi Reserve will be made an additional prohibited area.

A survey during the 2015/16 summer period attracted 413 responses of whom 69 percent favoured some form of camping registration.

Ninety-two percent wanted septage and waste collection services to continue while 89 percent of respondents thought campers should pay all or part of the cost of providing these services.

Council officers have recommended that once the committee and the council make decisions on the bylaw, the changes are then given two to three years before any review.

Once the committee has made its decision the proposed bylaw is due to go before the full council on September 29 for adoption and would then be publicly notified.

A NEW bylaw, the subject of a hearing tomorrow, is intended to set the boundaries for freedom camping by self-contained vehicles.

Gisborne District Council will hear submissions on the Freedom Camping 2016 bylaw, which will establish a number of new areas where freedom camping will be allowed including Kaiti Beach.

The council has been under pressure to revise its bylaw and has had requests from the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association to make more places available for freedom camping.

The association is one of 48 respondents to the draft bylaw released for submissions in July.

Freedom camping is one of the two forms the council allows. The other is summer camping, which is permitted on various sites around Gisborne and the East Coast.

Gisborne Yacht Club has made a submission supporting the inclusion of Kaiti Beach, provided measures are put in place to protect the rights of members.

Another submitter said Kaiti Beach Road was dangerous because of the logging trucks using it.

Staff have already recommended one amendment to the draft that was released — removing the Rere rockslide car park from the list of areas where freedom camping is permitted.

The new bylaw will add new sites for freedom camping, including Kaiti Beach and some summer campgrounds outside of the Daylight Saving period when they are not used. These include part of Tokomaru Bay, Kaiaua Beach, Tolaga Bay and Doneraile Park.

It will ensure a range of sites for different types of camping, from tents to self-contained vehicles.

It will extend existing freedom camping sites at the Makorori car park and the Marina car park to improve amenity and access, and to more clearly separate them from other users.

Freedom camping restrictions in the Gisborne urban area will be clarified. Titirangi Reserve will be made an additional prohibited area.

A survey during the 2015/16 summer period attracted 413 responses of whom 69 percent favoured some form of camping registration.

Ninety-two percent wanted septage and waste collection services to continue while 89 percent of respondents thought campers should pay all or part of the cost of providing these services.

Council officers have recommended that once the committee and the council make decisions on the bylaw, the changes are then given two to three years before any review.

Once the committee has made its decision the proposed bylaw is due to go before the full council on September 29 for adoption and would then be publicly notified.

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