Stock on roads bylaw good to go

A bylaw covering stock on roads can be adopted by Gisborne District Council two years after it was originally drafted.

The bylaw was adopted by the council in August 2017 but the council was then informed by the New Zealand Transport Agency it did not have the authority to make bylaws covering state highways.

In March this year, NZTA approved delegation of the authority to the council. Staff prepared a draft stock control bylaw, which was presented to the environment planning and regulations committee last week.

The committee is recommending the council adopt the bylaw, which will cover droving of stock on roads, grazing of stock within the road reserve and fencing of land adjacent to roads.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said the new bylaw was virtually the same as the one prepared in 2017.

Because there had been extensive consultation and hearings over the original bylaw, the council did not need to hold public consultation and the bylaw could be adopted,.

The committee is recommending the council adopt the bylaw.

A bylaw covering stock on roads can be adopted by Gisborne District Council two years after it was originally drafted.

The bylaw was adopted by the council in August 2017 but the council was then informed by the New Zealand Transport Agency it did not have the authority to make bylaws covering state highways.

In March this year, NZTA approved delegation of the authority to the council. Staff prepared a draft stock control bylaw, which was presented to the environment planning and regulations committee last week.

The committee is recommending the council adopt the bylaw, which will cover droving of stock on roads, grazing of stock within the road reserve and fencing of land adjacent to roads.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said the new bylaw was virtually the same as the one prepared in 2017.

Because there had been extensive consultation and hearings over the original bylaw, the council did not need to hold public consultation and the bylaw could be adopted,.

The committee is recommending the council adopt the bylaw.

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