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Council is encouraging residents to learn more about a new draft local law before the consultation closes on Friday 31 July 2020.

23 July 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging residents to learn more about a new draft local law before the consultation closes on Friday 31 July 2020.

The draft General Local Law 2020 proposes to replace the existing Local Laws No. 2 to 6 and the Local Law Procedures Manual, which are due to expire in November this year.

Council is urging the community to explore the background to the proposed changes and engage in the conversation by making a submission or completing a simple online survey.

The draft local law covers laws that relate to amenity on private property and in public places, animal and waste management, the protection of infrastructure and assets, permits, and administration and enforcement.

Jess Howard, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council encouraged residents to take a look at the proposed changes before 31 July.

“Every ten years Council reviews its local laws to make them easier to understand, to manage new issues, to remove outdated laws, and to bring the process into line with best practice guidelines and other legislation,” said Ms Howard.

“It is important that residents, businesses and property owners understand what we’re proposing as the local law impacts businesses, traders, residents, the keeping of animals, permits, events, our environment and more.”

The draft General Local Law 2020 proposes to make a number of changes including:

  • An accountability on store retailers and shoppers for shopping trolleys left in a public place.
  • The encouragement of sale or barter of locally grown foods to reduce food miles, with restrictions in place to prevent sale within 100 metres of a commercial business selling similar produce.
  • The use of recreation vehicles (motorbikes) restricted to a maximum of three hours, and not at night.
  • Allowances to be made for graffiti art (not tagging) to be recognised on private property.
  • Goods for sale and tables would no longer be permitted to be placed along the property or building line outside shops and cafes to create clear and safe access along the footpath to improve public safety and meet obligations under the Federal Disability Discrimination Act.

The draft local law also proposes to allow tiny homes to be used temporarily on private land without a permit for a defined period of 21 days, and with a permit for a longer period (but still temporarily).

“Now is the time to review any proposed changes and let us know your feedback so we can improve the proposed laws,” said Ms Howard.

“We have already heard some concerns raised by the tiny house movement and local traders regarding the proposed changes and we’re taking that feedback on board,” said Ms Howard.

“With respect to regulating tiny homes, Council is limited by the requirements of state planning, building and road safety laws. We can only enable the temporary occupation of a tiny house through the local law system, whereas permanent occupation must comply with planning and building regulations.”

“We have the opportunity to create a local law that regulates and enables tiny houses to be located temporarily on private land in a careful and considered way, while managing the potential impacts on amenity, environments and public safety,” she said.

To view the draft General Local Law, background material, and fact sheet which outlines the changes in key areas, visit the Have your say section of Council’s website at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Complete the survey or get your submission in by 5.00pm on Friday 31 July 2020.

For more information call Mr Jeffry Amy on (03) 5471 1700 or email j.amy@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

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