Our draft new Traffic and Parking Bylaw is a substantial revision of our current bylaw. There are a few changes which are intended to make things clearer and simpler, plus we’ve added an administration manual to support its operation.
Key changes to the bylaw
We’ve reworded some sections so they closely align with the enabling provisions under section 22AB of the Land Transport Act 1998, which gives Council the power to make bylaws relating to traffic and parking matters.
We’re adding three new sections. One sets out how we’ll create any new parking trials in the future. The others will give us the power to create restrictions on engine braking, and control access to unformed legal roads. We’re not proposing any specific restrictions at this stage, but including them in the bylaw means we’ll have the ability to respond to those issues as they emerge.
Adding an administration manual follows the same approach as other recently reviewed bylaws. It contains information which was previously included in schedules to the bylaw, along with the specific terms and conditions for parking in the city. Including this information in the administration manual keeps the bylaw simpler and cleaner, and makes it easier for Council to record and administer the restrictions imposed through the bylaw. The manual is a public document which will be available alongside the bylaw.
Written submissions closed on 20 December 2017. We’re planning to hold hearings for oral submissions in February 2018. Council will then consider all submissions in April 2018 before deciding whether to make any further changes to the draft Traffic and Parking Bylaw.