Dog Control Policy and Bylaw Review

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Dog Control Policy and Bylaw Review

The Dog Control Act 1996 and the Local Government Act 2002 require dog control bylaws to be reviewed every 10 years. A special consultative procedure has been completed.

Hearings Panel Recommendation June 2021

The Hearings Panel Recommendation Report and final draft policy and bylaw were presented for adoption to the Council's Environment Committee meeting on 10 June 2021. They now need to be ratified by the full Council on 24 June 2021.

These documents can be found in Item 9 of the Environment Committee Meeting Agenda - 10 June 2021.

Statement of Proposal

Proposed Dog Control Bylaw 2020

Proposed Dog Control Policy 2020

Supplementary Information

Use the comparison map to compare the current and proposed rules for different areas.

Comparison map - see and compare the proposed changes on a map

Submissions

Submissions opened 18 September 2020 and closed 9 November 2020.

Submissions are available for viewing in the submissions database.

Go to Proposed Dog Control Policy and Bylaw Review submissions database

Submissions and Hearings

The proposed policy and bylaw review received 679 submissions and also a petition signed by 699 people opposing dogs being on leash along the Taylor River Reserve.

The hearings that followed the submission period gave an opportunity for submitters to highlight and explain the issues raised in their written submissions and for the Hearing Panel to make enquires to understand their position.

The Hearing Panel, consisting of Chair Clr Arbuckle and Councillors’ Nadine Taylor, Thelma Sowman and Barbara Faulls, also did some site visits prior to the hearings.

The Panel have completed the deliberations phase and have considered all the written submissions alongside the additional comments heard during the hearings. Some additional site visits were undertaken in early 2021.

The Hearings Panel Recommendation Report and final draft policy and bylaw were presented for adoption to the Council's Environment Committee meeting on 10 June 2021. They now need to be ratified by the full Council on 24 June 2021.

These documents can be found in the Environment Committee Meeting Agenda - 10 June 2021.

The documents can also be downloaded as individual files.

Draft Dog Control Policy May 2021

Draft Dog Bylaw May 2021