Over the past five years, inspections of the street verandahs of some business premises in the centre of Otorohanga have revealed a general lack of maintenance such as:
These poorly maintained verandahs over public places pose a threat to public safety as they are at risk of collapsing during an earthquake, as well as during common natural events such as strong winds or heavy hailstorms.
Lack of maintenance of these structures in some cases may also create other issues of public nuisance or hazard, such as water leaks or lack of adequate lighting.
Currently, Council has very limited ability to ensure that verandahs and other structures attached to buildings over public spaces are maintained in a sound condition.
Although Council has the power to require that these structures are removed, doing so may not be the best option as the presence of verandahs provides shade and shelter that contributes positively to retail trade.
Informal requests to property owners to fix the faults of existing verandahs have been largely unsuccessful.
Therefore, new measures are required to
A bylaw is considered a suitable option to resolve these concerns.
The new bylaw, the Structures and Works in Public Places Bylaw 2015 [PDF, 276 KB], will address issues related to the construction, maintenance and demolition of structures in, or adjacent to, public places that are not addressed by:
The Bylaw will be applicable to all public places in the Otorohanga District.
For more details, please Statement of Proposal [PDF, 29 KB].