Selwyn District Council Parks and Reserves Bylaw 2009 Review

The Council is proposing changes to its current Parks and Reserves Bylaw 2009 and we want your feedback.

It’s important to have your say because parks and reserves, or open space, forms an integral part of the district’s aesthetic, social, ecological, cultural and economic life. We have more than 1200 hectares of parks and reserves in the Selwyn district.

What are the proposed changes to the bylaw?

The proposed changes take into account the evolving behaviors and use of parks and reserves since it was last reviewed in 2009. We’ve made minor changes to the layout and formatting of the

The Council is proposing changes to its current Parks and Reserves Bylaw 2009 and we want your feedback.

It’s important to have your say because parks and reserves, or open space, forms an integral part of the district’s aesthetic, social, ecological, cultural and economic life. We have more than 1200 hectares of parks and reserves in the Selwyn district.

What are the proposed changes to the bylaw?

The proposed changes take into account the evolving behaviors and use of parks and reserves since it was last reviewed in 2009. We’ve made minor changes to the layout and formatting of the bylaw, and addressed new issues that have arisen since the last review. The proposed changes also reflect the growth of urban areas, increased number of tourists choosing camping as preferred accommodation, changes to the district’s social fabric, habits, recreation trends and use of technology such as drones.

The reviewed bylaw will control:

  • behaviours on parks and reserves which are offensive, or prevent others from enjoying and staying in a park or reserve.

  • behaviours in and around community facilities including public toilets, swimming pools, and recreation centres where they’re located on parks and reserves

  • use and misuse of parks and reserves through bringing animals, vehicles and drones to them

  • activities which affect the environment

  • lighting of fires

  • organised sports and games eg who has priority of use of a park or reserve

  • offenses and penalties leg increased the maximum fine of $20,0000.

What will the changes mean to me and my community?

The proposed changes aim to ensure the community can freely enjoy the many parks and reserves that the district has to offer. This means our sports grounds, children's playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas, camping spots, gardens, scenic areas and places where plants, animals and aspects of our historical and cultural heritage can be protected and displayed for future generation.

The changes to the bylaw will further clarify definitions so that people can better understand the rules and ensure consistency with other legislation.

For more information on the Council’s parks and reserves, visit: https://www.selwyn.govt.nz/recreation-And-facilities/parks-And-reserves.

Have your say

We want your feedback on the proposed changes to the Parks and Reserves Bylaw. Make a formal submission online (big button to the right on this page), or download a hardcopy submission form from this site.

Hardcopy submissions can be sent or hand delivered to:

Selwyn District Council,

PO Box 90, Rolleston 7643

If you wish to make a submission at the hearing, or want to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the bylaw, please entitle your message “Parks and Reserves Bylaw” and send it to: reserves@selwyn.govt.nz.

The consultation period starts on 15 October 2018 and closes on 20 November 2018 at 5pm.

  • What’s a bylaw?

    about 1 month ago

    Simply put, a bylaw is a rule made by a Council which affects the way we live, work and play in our district.

    What’s a review of a bylaw?

    All Councils across New Zealand have to review their bylaws every five to 10 years.

    The purpose of a bylaw review is to ensure the regulations are appropriate to the issues it manages, in this case on parks and reserves. Sometimes a review does not require public consultation and at other times, the changes are such that they require public input to ensure it still meets the needs of the district...

    Simply put, a bylaw is a rule made by a Council which affects the way we live, work and play in our district.

    What’s a review of a bylaw?

    All Councils across New Zealand have to review their bylaws every five to 10 years.

    The purpose of a bylaw review is to ensure the regulations are appropriate to the issues it manages, in this case on parks and reserves. Sometimes a review does not require public consultation and at other times, the changes are such that they require public input to ensure it still meets the needs of the district or city that its written for.


  • Making an effective submission on this Bylaw review

    about 1 month ago

    Written submissions can be made in any form including a formal submissions form, email, or letter. An effective submission will make reference to the clause(s) of the proposed bylaw which you wish to submit on, stating why the clause is supported or not supported, and states what change to the clause is sought.


    Written submissions can be made in any form including a formal submissions form, email, or letter. An effective submission will make reference to the clause(s) of the proposed bylaw which you wish to submit on, stating why the clause is supported or not supported, and states what change to the clause is sought.