Hearings Panel

Open Minutes

 

 

Date:                                     Friday 20 May 2016

Time:                                    10.00am

Venue:                                 Committee Room 1, Level 2, Civic Offices,
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch

 

 

Present

Members

Councillor David East

Councillor Andrew Turner

Islay McLeod, Community Board Member

 

 

 

19 May 2016

 

Teena Crocker

Senior Policy Analyst

941 8999

teena.crocker@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

 

Christopher Turner

Committee Advisor

941 8233

christopher.turner@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

 

 


Hearings Panel

20 May 2016

 

  

The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

1.   Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

3.   Hearings Panel Consideration and Deliberation

The Hearings Panel was reconvened following further staff advice and amendments to the Proposed Dog Control Bylaw 2016 and Proposed Dog Control Policy 2016.

 

Hearings Panel Decided BLHP/2016/00004

1.              That the Council adopt the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016, as attached

2.              That the Council note the following changes to the Policy (as proposed):

a.              Re-ordering section 3, changing two subsections into notes, and clarifying the meaning of 'under effective control'.

b.             Improving the wording relating to dog registration classifications in section 4.

c.              Clarifying the wording in relation to the registration of working dogs and introducing a new working dog category (rural working dogs) in section 4.

d.             Replacing the wording relating to 'under effective control' in section 6.

e.             Extending the summer beach prohibition period from '1 December to 1 March' to '1 November to 31 March' on all specified beaches and adding one new beach and one previously removed beach on Banks Peninsula in section 6.

f.               Clarifying the description of 'road' and improving the wording relating to 'boat ramps and slipways' in section 6.

g.              Adding a paragraph about exercising care when taking children into Dog Parks in section 7.

h.             Amending the licence to own multiple dogs to refer to 'more than two dogs' and adding information about the purpose of the licence in section 8.

i.                Improving the wording relating to 'barking dogs', adding a new subsection on 'female dogs in season', and adding new information to the subsection 'learning how to be a good dog owner' in section 9.

3.              Making various amendments to the prohibited and leashed dog control areas in Schedule 1 to the Policy, including: -

a.              Deleting entries for: Balmoral Hill, Hoon Hay Scenic Reserve and Skellerup Reserve

b.             Altering the dog control status of entries for: Pony Point (leashed / under effective control), Hagley Park paths (leashed on sealed paths and two specified gravel paths) and Abberley Park (leashed / under effective control)

c.              Altering all entries with summer beach prohibition areas (change of dates)

d.             Clarifying the wording in the entries for: Akaroa Main Wharf, Britomart Reserve, Lake Forsyth, Cass Bay, Corsair Bay, , Governor's Bay mudflats, Sandy Bay beach, Mountfort Park, Ernle Clark Reserve, Jubilee Walkway, Southshore Spit Reserve and foreshore, Godley Head foreshore, Styx Mill Reserve, Roto Kohatu Regional Park, Halswell Quarry and Riccarton Bush

e.             Reinstating entries proposed for removal for: Akaroa Seaside Reserve (leashed), Rue Balguerie Reserve (leashed),  Paradise Bay beach (summer beach prohibition), the Groynes (prohibited / leashed / under effective control)

f.               Adding new entries for: Daly's Wharf (leashed), Lyttelton Recreation Ground (leashed), Diamond Harbour jetty (leashed), Head to Head walkway coastal track from Magazine Bay to Pony Point (leashed) and Hays Bay beach (summer beach prohibition)

g.              Other technical changes and corrections as shown in the attached policy.

4.              That the Council declares, under section 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 and the section 2 definition of working dog, the following to be a classification of working dog (known as 'rural working dog') for the purposes of the Dog Control Act 1996 and the Council's Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw:

A dog which is

a.              housed on a working farm property; and

b.             that is kept solely or principally to contribute to the working of a farm or otherwise assist in farming activities.

5.              That the form of the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016 (with the amendments) meets the requirements of section 10 of the Dog Control Act 1996, and that the Council has had regard to the matters in section 10(4) of that Act.

6.              That the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016 comes into force on 1 September 2016.

7.              That the Council adopt the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Bylaw 2016, as attached,

8.              That the Council note the following changes to the Bylaw (as proposed):

a.              Amending the definitions of "road" and "under effective control", and adding a new definition of "short leash" in clause 4.

b.             Improving the wording of clause 5(1), and changing clause 5(4) into an explanatory note.

c.              Changing clause 7(2) into an explanatory note, and extending the summer beach prohibition period from '1 December to 1 March' to '1 November to 31 March'

d.             Improving the explanatory notes relating to clauses 8(C) and 8(F)

e.             Improving the wording of clauses 10(A) and 10(B).

f.               Amending clause 11 to provide that it applies to more than two dogs.

g.              Reinstating a clause on female dogs in season, with new wording.

h.             Adding a new subclause to provide an exception for working dogs that are being worked whilst on the open tray of a vehicle.

i.                Other technical changes and corrections as shown in the attached bylaw.

9.              That the form of the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Bylaw 2016 (with the amendments) is the most appropriate form, and that the bylaw is not inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.

10.          That the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Bylaw 2016 comes into force on 1 September 2016.

11.          That staff are otherwise authorised to make any typographical changes or correct minor errors as the case may be before the Bylaw and Policy come into force.

12.          That the Council give public notice as soon as practicable, that the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016 and the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Bylaw 2016 have been made by the Council, that they come into effect on 1 September 2016 and that copies of the policy and bylaw may be inspected and obtained at the Council’s offices or on its website, without payment.

13.          Revoke the 'Responsible Dog Owner Status Policy 1997 ' and remove it from the Council's policy register and webpages

14.          That the concerns about the speed of cyclists on paths in Hagley Park made in submissions be referred to the Police so that they are aware of the issues and can look at public education or enforcement in these areas and along the cycleways network and other shared paths generally.

15.          That the Parks Unit facilitates the design and installation of Dog Park signage, in consultation with the Animal Management Unit.

16.          That the Parks Unit facilitates the design and installation of consistent and easy to understand signage (including maps where possible) about leashed and prohibited areas across the district.

Community Board Member McLeod/Councillor Turner                                                                              Carried

 

 

    

Meeting concluded at 10.27am.