Consultation on proposed Dog Control Policy and Bylaw opens today 05 November 2015 We're reviewing our Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw, and our proposal is out for consultation from today until 7 December 2015. The policy and bylaw aren't new (they were made in 2004). However our review has identified that improvements can be made to make the policy and bylaw more robust as well as easier to read and understand. The current review has been informed by work from 2013 and 2014, including previous submissions. The extent of changes we are now proposing means we want to give the community another opportunity to have input. Making a submission this time is just as important as last year. Thousands of dogs are in the district at any given time. We have the policy and bylaw to help manage potential problems and address problems when they do occur. We aim to provide reasonable rules for dog owners while promoting a safe and healthy environment. Some relevant matters for our district that have been considered in preparing the proposal include: Protection of wildlife, including the endangered New Zealand Dotterel and migratory birds. Popularity of district beaches for people during summer. Appropriate dog exercise areas around the district. Consideration of the needs of locals and visiting dog owners in relation to rules that are easy to understand, such as generally consistent date and time restrictions and rules for main streets and town centres across the district. You can read the proposal on our online consultation portal where you can make a submission. We'll also have copies of the proposal and submission forms at our area offices. We are working on signage and will do more work when a revised policy and bylaw are adopted in mid-2016. Until then the current rules apply. You can keep up to date on the progress by reading our Dog Control Policy and Bylaw review page. You can also keep up to date with our e-newsletters. Sign up here and select 'dogs'. To make a submission: Submit online through the consultation portal Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org Post to Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag, Thames Fax to (07) 868 0234 Drop off your submission at one of the Council offices in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga or Whangamata.