Written definitions and descriptions of areas in 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,

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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