Status of the Dog Control Bylaw Maps.

Karen Anderson made this Official Information request to Dunedin City Council

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From: Karen Anderson

Dear Dunedin City Council,

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The report of the Chairperson of the Dog Control Working Party makes multiple references to advice from in-house legal Counsel that the maps are part of the bylaw. (Including statements indicating that amending the maps would trigger the special consultation process.) The status of the maps is of considerable importance because they were intended to be the only way a dog owner could determine their legal obligations concerning dog access.

We accept the legal position changes if material facts change, however we are unable to identify what changes have occurred when the map status has changed. To that end we are trying to establish why the status changes so we are better able to predict when that will occur in the future.

Accordingly I have been requested by members of the Dunedin Dog Bylaw Group to ask what changes occurred that caused the in-house legal Counsel to advise the status of the maps had reversed on each of these occasions.
- 27 June 2016: (Report to Council when adopting the maps) Maps are part of the Bylaw (No change - established their status)
- 4 July 2016: (Meeting arranged by CEO) Maps are not part of the Bylaw.
- 31 October 2016: (Meeting arranged by CEO) Maps are part of the Bylaw
- 9 August 2017: (Dog Control Working Group Meeting) Maps are not part of the Bylaw
- 12 December 2018: (Working Group Chairperson report) Maps are part of the Bylaw

Yours faithfully,
Karen Anderson

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