Let’s talk about animals 31 May 2019 We’re reviewing our Nuisance Bylaw, and propose to replace it with a new Animal Nuisance Bylaw that targets issues caused by animals and we’re really keen to hear what you think about our proposal. The draft bylaw’s key points include: All animals must be kept in clean and safe conditions. Animal owners must ensure their animals do not cause a nuisance or pose health and safety risks to the public. Beehives are allowed in our urban areas on lots larger than 700m2. Up to six beehives can be kept in our towns, depending on property size. Pigs are allowed in our urban areas but pigsties need to be at least 50 metres away from any house, street or public place where food is prepared, stored or sold. Up to six head of poultry are allowed in our urban areas as long as they’re kept in a well-maintained poultry house that is at least 10 metres away from any building and at least two metres from any property boundary. Download this handy infographic and stick it on your fridge to remind you of these key points in the proposed bylaw while you’re pondering your submission, or scroll down to give it a look. Dog nuisance issues are covered through our Dog Control Bylaw and nuisances caused by animals and stock in public places are addressed in our Activities in Public Places Bylaw. Our District Plan and government legislation manage such issues as noise and animal welfare. To read the full draft of proposed bylaw and to give us your feedback, go to our website tcdc.govt.nz/animalnuisancebylaw. Or, drop into any of our Council offices or district libraries to pick up a submission form. This consultation closes on 1 July at 4pm. Click on this infographic below to open a large version: We’d like to revoke Part 1 of our Consolidated Bylaw Only two bylaws remain linked to the Consolidated Bylaw: Part 11 – Nuisances is currently being reviewed and we’re proposing to replace it with the standalone Animal Nuisance Bylaw (see above). The other bylaw is Part 21 – Speed Limits, which is being made a standalone bylaw through an administrative change to remove the reference to the consolidated bylaw. These changes make Part 1 of the Consolidated Bylaw redundant, but the Local Government Act requires us to hold a public consultation to revoke it. Part 1 of the Consolidated Bylaw outlines processes and definitions that were common to all parts of the bylaw. When it was adopted in 2004, consolidated bylaws were thought to be the most efficient way to ensure that the terms and expressions used for all bylaws were clear and consistently used. Our Council now considers that all the relevant considerations to be read in understanding and enforcing a bylaw should be kept in one place – within each bylaw – to make it easier to make and enforce the bylaws and easier for people to understand them. To read Part 1 of the Consolidated Bylaw and the proposal to revoke it, and to give us your feedback, go to our website tcdc.govt.nz/consolidatedbylaw. Or, drop into any of our Council offices or district libraries to pick up a submission form. The consultation on this proposal also runs until 4pm on 1 July.