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Coromandel summer rules under review

16 December 2013

Summer on the Coromandel is amazing, but because our population swells by many thousands of extra visitors and holidaymakers, we have rules to make sure everyone has a great time while we still look after New Zealand's favourite place to live, work and play.

We're reviewing many of our summer bylaws and we want to hear from you about what you think is working well and what might need to change.

The first of the big ones is our Freedom Camping Bylaw.

Freedom Camping

Our Freedom Camping Bylaw is now open for comment and will remain open for your comments through to the end of February.

"We've had our bylaw in place for a couple of years now after the Government created the new freedom camping legislation in 2011, so it's time for a review to see what the community and sector groups think of our approach and to find out what might need to change," said Economic Development Manager Benjamin Day.

"We want to understand what people think about the legislation in general and how they think it should be applied on the Coromandel and to also explore new and creative ways of managing this complicated issue going forward."

"Local Government New Zealand has recently endorsed a 'model' freedom camping bylaw, which we'll also take a look at and see if this approach could work on the Coromandel," said Mr Day.

The feedback received this summer will be used to develop a new freedom camping policy and bylaw, which will be drafted in the New Year and released for formal consultation to be ready for final adoption by the end of June 2014.

We'd love your opinion on any of these too...

Project plan

  • Summer feedback: Mid-December—end of February 2014
  • Formal consultation: Autumn 2014
  • Adoption of a new policy and bylaw: June 2014

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