Feedback wanted on Roading Policies

27/09/2013 8:30 a.m.

27 September 2013

Whether you drive on it, cycle on it, cross it, move stock along it, work on it or hold events on it – you all use and have an interest in our roading network.

So chances are you’ll also have an interest in the content of the Draft Central Otago District Council Roading Policies, which Council has put out for stakeholder and public engagement.

Up until now Council has had a range of separate roading-related policies and bylaws that have covered some roading activities, but no overarching policy or bylaw for roading. The new draft roading policy document brings existing policy and regulatory requirements along with new policies regarding roads together in one place.

It covers such activities as stock on roads, temporary storage on roads, fences within road reserve, road side planting, working on the road, use of paper roads, private services in roads, forming and stopping roads, road closures, road encroachments, dust suppression, and events on roads.

The Draft Roading Policies provide a framework and guidelines for the activities of landowners, individuals or organisations which affect use of the network, and/or damage the roading assets. The Policies would be supplementary to the Roading Activity Management Plan, which outlines activities Council undertakes to ensure that its vision of ‘a safe, efficient and fully accessible transportation network’ is met.

It is intended that the policies will improve efficiency in dealing with issues as they arise, and will provide improved public information regarding activities on our roads.

The Roading Policies will provide the background for the development of a Roading Bylaw, set to be adopted in 2014, which will provide the ability to undertake a more simple enforcement process.

Formal consultation will be carried out on the Roading Bylaw, but more informal stakeholder and community comment is invited on the policies that will lay the groundwork for the bylaw.

All feedback will be collated and form the basis of a report to the new Council in December.

Feedback is invited on the policies from now until Wednesday 6 November 2013. The policies can be downloaded from the Council website or are available for viewing at Council service centres and libraries. Alternatively contact roading@codc.govt.nz to be emailed a copy.

Please email your thoughts on the policy to roading@codc.govt.nz, drop feedback in to any Council service centre or post it to:

Draft Roading Policies Engagement
Central Otago District Council
PO Box 122
Alexandra 9340

Also, should your community group want to find out more about the policies and upcoming bylaw get in touch with Council via roading@codc.govt.nz or (03) 440 0056 to explore the option of having Council representatives come along to a meeting by invitation to present and answer questions.

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