Inclusion of land information in the Dog Control Bylaw

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 and some maps include information about land such as parcels, strata and other similar details.

Accordingly I have been requested by members of the Dunedin Dog Bylaw Group to ask for the legislative provisions or case-law the DCC relies on as authority for dealing with land issues as part of the Dog Control Bylaw. I have also been requested to ask for similar references that establish the consequences, such as infringement fines or other penalties, for dog owners who do not know this information. I have also been asked to request references to all places land information appears in all documents, discussions and decisions relating to the consultation, deliberations and decision-making during the 2016 dog control review.

We note the Dog Control Act 1996 provides that Bylaws give effect to the Policy. Accordingly I have also been asked to request the reference to the clause or clauses in the Dog Control Policy that establish land information is a matter that will be further explicated in the Bylaws.

The Dog Control Act 1996 also provides that the Bylaws that give effect to the Policy must be made and in force in later than the 60th day after the date the Policy was adopted. We note this information was not included in the Bylaw until well after that period. Accordingly I have been asked to request the legislative provisions or case-law the DCC relies on as authority for delaying giving effect to the Policy for longer than the statutorily specified period.

I have also been asked to request the date this information will be included in the static maps, when it will be included in the text of the Bylaw, when the land information will be included in the dog control parts of the website, when affected signage will be changed, and when registered dog owners will be informed of the land information and the requirement to know it.

I have also been asked to request a list of all the land information so dog owners may commence learning it as soon as possible. As it would be unreasonable to expect every dog owner to be familiar with the meanings of land information details I have also been requested to ask when it is intended to conduct the necessary education programme to enable registered dog owners to learn what the information means and how to apply it when walking with their dogs so they can be confident they are complying with their obligations under the Bylaw.

Yours faithfully,
Karen Anderson

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