Written definitions and descriptions of areas in the Dog Control Bylaw Maps

Karen Anderson made this Official Information request to Dunedin City Council

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Dunedin City Council should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Karen Anderson

Dear Dunedin City Council,

My preference is to receive the requested information by email.

The report of the Chairperson of the Dog Control Working Party includes the statement:
“Maps and Bylaws need further clarification due to contradicting information. Legal advice was provided from the DCC in-house legal counsel as to how we can address matters raised including:
3. Include a written definition of the areas described in the maps.
This has been done on the Animal Services web page under ‘Dog exercise areas – Where you can walk your dog’.”

We note a map uses symbols to represent information. This negates the requirement for a worded description and a document using word-based descriptions instead of symbols would not be a map. We have inspected the Dog Control Bylaw maps many times and they conform to this criteria and as a consequence do not contain descriptions. None have been added as at the date this request is made .

We have also inspected the webpage “Dog exercise areas – Where you can walk your dog” multiple times before and after receiving the Chairpersons report. The photographic diary of this web page shows it has always been a list of named places. As of the date of this request it does not provide a definition of the (non-existent) descriptions in the maps.

It is not clear how providing a “definition” of a “description” in maps would resolve contradictions between the Policy, Bylaw, static maps and interactive map given describing them defining the contradictory information would reiterate them rather than remedy them.

Given it has also not been possible to locate the “descriptions” in the maps, or the “definitions” the Report states have been already been included on the webpage ‘Dog exercise areas – Where you can walk your dog’ I have been requested to ask for more exact references to that information so it can be viewed. We suggest that could be easily provided by a precise url supported by screenshots showing examples of the descriptions in the maps, and definitions on the webpage. We also note we are requesting the information for both the static and interactive maps.

Yours faithfully,
Karen Anderson

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After a complaint to the Ombudsman the DCC provided a response on 10 May 2019.

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From: Karen Anderson

Dear Dunedin City Council,

As a consequence of the failure to provide the information that was requested a complaint has been lodged with the Ombudsman.
We note our concern this is required despite the Ombudsman already having to intervene after you failed to provide any response at all.

Yours faithfully,
Karen Anderson
On behalf of the Dunedin Dog Bylaws Group

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From: Sharon Bodeker
Dunedin City Council


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Dear Ms Anderson

 

I refer to the five emails you sent yesterday about our failure to provide
information as requested.  I advise that your request for information
about dog parks is due today.  With respect to the other four emails sent,
the information for the four requests referred to was sent to you on 10
May 2019.  I have reattached for your information the response that was
sent to you at that time.

 

Kind regards

 

Sharon Bodeker

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From: Karen Anderson <[FOI #9466 email]>
Sent: Sunday, 21 July 2019 3:08 p.m.
To: Official Information <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Official Information request - Written definitions and
descriptions of areas in the Dog Control Bylaw Maps

 

Dear Dunedin City Council,

As a consequence of the failure to provide the information that was
requested a complaint has been lodged with the Ombudsman.
We note our concern this is required despite the Ombudsman already having
to intervene after you failed to provide any response at all.

Yours faithfully,
Karen Anderson
On behalf of the Dunedin Dog Bylaws Group

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The DCC has contacted me outside of fyi.org.nz and already been informed the issue raised with the Ombudsman was not a failure to respond, but a failure to provide the information that was requested.

Note that follows failing to respond until a complaint to the Ombudsman in the first place.

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