Council considers freedom camping options

Greg Sayers

Auckland Council is considering three options as a way forward for its stalled Freedom Camping bylaw.

The controversial bylaw aims to enable management and enforcement of freedom camping and define where it is allowed or prohibited.

Council deferred adopting the bylaw following a legal challenge by the Omaha Beach Community Residents and Ratepayers group.

The challenge means that Council needs to consult the public further – in particular about a potential rule to allow freedom camping in vehicles on residential streets, and whether to include additional reserves that Council didn’t originally identify but which the public wants prohibited from freedom campers.

Council is therefore considering whether it will: defer the bylaw and re-consult the public in full with additional material next year; adopt the bylaw in principal but defer ‘going live’ with it until the public are re-consulted on the missing aspects; or adopt and go live with the bylaw this year, then re-consult on the missing aspects next year and add them in.

Council will vote on which option to adopt at the Governing Body meeting on August 22.

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