Dog Control Bylaw “2017”

Karen Anderson made this Official Information request to Dunedin City Council

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From: Karen Anderson

Dear Dunedin City Council,

My preference is to receive the requested information by email.

We note the Dog Control Bylaw has been amended so the maps now refer to the “Dog Control Bylaw 2017”.

The Dog Control Act 1996 prescribes the statutory requirements that must be complied with when making a new Dog Control Policy and Bylaw.

We also note the general and specific local government obligations in relation to transparency and accuracy.

We have been unable to locate any information about this new Bylaw, or even a single registered dog owner who received any information it was intended, or had been adopted.

Accordingly I have been requested by members of the Dunedin Dog Bylaw Group to ask for all information concerning the review and decisions that produced the new Bylaw in 2017. That will include, but is not necessarily limited to:
(a) All documents and supporting information presented to and recording all discussions and decisions by Council and sub-committees relating to the proposal to make a new Bylaw, including the consultation notification, and required supporting information;
(b) The reason for and the decision not to send it to any registered owner known to members of the Dunedin Dog Bylaw Group;
(c) The consultation documentation made available to registered dog owners and the general public to consider when making submissions.
(d) Copies of the submissions received and records of the Council or sub-committee deliberations and decisions or recommendations.
(e) All documents and records relating to the deliberations and decisions by Council and sub-Committees concerning the Bylaw that was eventually made.

I have also been requested by members of the Dunedin Dog Bylaw Group to ask:
(f) When the remainder of the Bylaw will be made public and all other documentation such as information is signs, brochures, the DCC website and the Reserves Bylaw will be updated to reflect the new Bylaw;
(g) Why the "Dog Control Working Party" was not informed of or referred to this review at any time during 2017 and why it is similarly not even mentioned in the “Final Report” by the Chairperson of the Working Party that was provided to Working Party members on 4 December 2018.

Yours faithfully,
Karen Anderson

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