Public space is any outdoor area under Council control, including the Square, Railway Land, reserves, parks, riverbanks, and verges.
The draft policy for the use of public space would guide how we manage applications for the use of public space (except casual and informal use, such as a picnic in the park). We’re proposing a series of high-level guidelines that can apply to the full spectrum of activities.
We are also developing a draft venues policy. We will consult on that at a later date.
We want to hear from anyone who has a view about the draft policy. You’re also welcome to appear before the Council and speak to your submission.
The consultation is open for feedback until 4pm on Monday 29 July.
We want to know if you agree with the proposed assessment criteria
In considering an application to use public space, and particularly where there are competing applications for the use of public space or high demand for a public space, the Council will consider whether the event or activity:
- supports the achievement of the Council’s goals
- is accessible to the wider community
- adds to the variety of events or activities available in Palmerston North
- enhances any precinct identities (e.g. Broadway as a hospitality precinct)
- provides an experience (rather than a simple commercial exchange)
- does not significantly limit the availability of space for general community use
The purpose of these criteria is to inform Council decision-making, rather than to provide an exhaustive list of necessary criteria.