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Council updates signs bylaw

Media Release
12 May 2006

Council updates signs bylaw

The review of bylaws on temporary signs is the latest to be considered by Manukau City Council.

Proposed new rules control the display of temporary signs to give the Council greater control over signs which can cause traffic and pedestrian problems.

The proposed bylaw changes, being considered by Council’s Environment and Urban Design Committee, will regulate the size, number, location and duration of display of temporary signs and also minimise the potential for offensive content and damage to council controlled land and infrastructure.

Proposed changes specifically relate to real estate – the sale or lease of buildings; cultural, religious, community or sporting events; land subdivision and development and construction projects; elections and polls; and general portable advertising and information signs.

Sandwich boards, banners and portable commercial signs will be dealt with as part of the review of the Street Traders and Public Places bylaw.

If the updates are approved by the full Council on 25 May 2006, residents will have a chance to have their say when it is publicly notified for submissions from 26 June to 28 July 2006.

The chairman of the council’s Environment and Urban Design committee, Cr Noel Burnside, says Manukau City has a large number of inappropriately located and sized temporary signs across the city and anecdotal evidence suggests these are increasing.

“This bylaw change is designed to provide for a range of temporary signs on both private and public land while ensuring traffic and pedestrian safety and the absence of obstructions,” says Cr Burnside.

“It will also minimise the potential for offensive content and preventing damage and misuse of Council-controlled land, structures and infrastructure.”


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