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Proposed amendment to the Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw 2009

This page contains information on Council's Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw.
Updated: 25/07/2019 10:50 a.m.

On 27 June 2019, Council approved the consultation process for a proposed amendment to the Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw 2009. 

The proposed amendment seeks to address increasing community concerns that the growing popularity of the beach for both pedestrians and vehicles is giving rise to more conflict between these uses. 

The proposed amendment aims to support public safety by restricting vehicles on the part of the beach that is primarily utilised by pedestrians, whilst maintaining access for launching small boats.

Full details on the proposed amendment to the Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw 2009 can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.

Statement of Proposal – Amendment to the Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw 2009 [1.27mb]

We'd love to hear from you

It's easy to make a submission by using the form below. Tell us if we are on the right track with the proposed changes.

Submission Form (printable) [144kb]

Submission Form (online)

Submissions close on Monday 12 August 2019 at 5:00pm.

Key Dates

27 June 2019 Council adopts consultation process
15 July 2019 Consultation opens
12 August 2019 Consultation closes at 5:00pm
22 August 2019 Council hears submissions (if required)
September 2019 Council finalises decisions and makes any changes to the Bylaw
October 2019 Any amendments come into force

Current Bylaw

In 2009 Council made a Bylaw that regulates the use of vehicles on beaches in the District, to support public safety.

In early 2016 Council reviewed the Bylaw. As a result, amendments were made to the Bylaw in September 2016, after public consultation.

The bylaw prohibits vehicles at all times in two locations at Bream Bay.  The first one is in front of the surf club up to the Ruakaka River mouth and the second one is from the Ruakaka River mouth to 500 metres past Marsden Village. 

The Bylaw contains maps clearly showing these prohibited areas.

Vehicle access points to Ruakaka beaches are at Tip Road and Rama Road and include signs indicating the prohibited areas.

Download the the Bylaw by clicking on the link below.

Control of Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw [673kb]




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