Te Kaunihera a rohe o Tamatea / Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (CHBDC) is seeking public feedback on its proposed bylaw to help manage freedom camping and ensure everyone, including visitors to Central Hawke’s Bay, continue to enjoy our public spaces. Consultation will be open until 31 January 2024.
Please read the Proposed Freedom Camping Bylaw Statement of Proposal and/or Proposed Prohibited, Restricted and Permitted Areas for more information on the above at www.chbdc.govt.nz, Council office 28-32 Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa or one of our hubs and libraries.
Freedom camping is an increasingly popular sector of the tourism market. We are committed to encouraging the benefits it brings, while managing the increasing pressure it places on key coastal and river publicly owned sites, particularly at peak times of the year.
The proposed bylaw sets out areas where freedom camping will be permitted, restricted or prohibited within the district to protect the environment, health and safety of residents and access to key public sites. It covers staying overnight in vehicles on public land controlled by the Council, which includes most local roads and some carparks.
Click here for our interactive map which details the proposed areas where, under the bylaw, freedom camping would be permitted, restricted or prohibited.
Alternatively, you can view static maps for each of the following:
We want your views on whether Central Hawke’s Bay District Council should introduce a Freedom Camping Bylaw. Council will take this into account when it decides in March 2024. Please share your views with us by filling out the survey below or online at letstalkchb.nz before 5pm 31 January 2024.
Council currently manages freedom camping by educating and engaging with campers through our compliance team. Voluntary kaitiaki groups also assist us along our coast through the peak season.
However, we have no enforcement powers when asking campers to move on if they are adversely impacting others or the environment. The proposed bylaw contains rules that will help to prevent irresponsible camping along with other laws and bylaws.
The Freedom Camping Act 2011 allows for a bylaw when they are ‘appropriate’ and ‘proportionate’ to address the problems experienced. Based on the number of freedom camping related complaints, feedback received during our Thriving Places and Spaces consultation in 2022, and consultation to date, the need for a bylaw is both appropriate and proportionate.
The proposed bylaw has been designed to address the following:
The proposed bylaw also gives Council enforcement powers and the ability to apply penalties for offences.
Freedom camping: Background to the bylaw
In 2022, Council adopted the Central Hawke’s Bay Camping Strategy 2022 as part of the Thriving Places and Spaces Consultation. The consultation informed the strategy and its overarching strategic goal:
This strategic goal underpins the intent of the proposed Freedom Camping Bylaw.
Through the same 2022 consultation, Council also adopted a Reserve Management Plan that covers 80 reserves and the desired future development and investment for each site, including toilets and carparking. The public submission process and Council decisions made during the Thriving Places and Spaces Consultation have informed whether key camping sites are included as prohibited, restricted or permitted camping under this proposed bylaw.
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