Brothel Control Bylaw 2024 | Kā Ture Whakahaere

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Thank you to everyone who submitted on this bylaw. Submissions are now closed.

We’re taking formal submissions on the draft Brothel Control Bylaw 2024 | Kā Ture Whakahaere (draft bylaw).

Queenstown Lakes District Council’s (QLDC) Brothel Control Bylaw 2017 is now due for review. The current bylaw provides:

  • Boundaries for areas within which brothels may operate in Queenstown and Wānaka.
  • Requirements for brothel signage.
  • A requirement that brothels are not to be within 100 metres of each other.
  • A requirement that brothels are not to be located at or below ground level.

What we’re proposing

We’re proposing some amendments to the current bylaw, which include:

  • A new provision stating that the purpose of the bylaw is to:
    • support the purpose and intent of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003;
    • enable commercial sexual service providers to operate within the district in a manner that both meets community demand for services and addresses community concerns and sensitivities;
    • allow the establishment of brothels in areas where the effects associated with the operation can be readily controlled; and
    • control the establishment of signage associated with brothels to minimise community harm or offence.
  • Removal of the restriction that brothels may not be located at or below ground level, within the permitted activity areas.
  • Adding ‘District Plan’ to the definitions section and an explanatory note that the requirements in the bylaw are in addition to a brothel needing to meet requirements specified in the District Plan.
  • Increasing the size of the permitted activity areas slightly.
  • Refreshed activity area maps, to make them easier to read.

The full statement of proposal and draft bylaw can be read online (links in the documents section on the right hand side of this page) or a hard copy can be collected from any Council office, Library or Recreation Centre district-wide.

Options

The following options have been considered regarding how Council could proceed after it has undertaken the consultation process:

  • Option 1 – adopt the draft bylaw
  • Option 2 – adopt an amended bylaw
  • Option 3 – do not adopt a draft bylaw

How to have your say

Formal submissions on the draft Brothel Control Bylaw 2024 are now open and can be made in the following ways:

  • Online here: use the submission form below
  • By email: send an email of your submission to letstalk@qldc.govt.nz – subject line ‘Draft Brothel Control Bylaw 2024’
  • By post: pick up a hard copy submission form at any of our offices, libraries, or recreation centres. Once completed, this can be returned in person or mailed to 'Draft Brothel Control Bylaw Submission', Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Freepost 191078, Queenstown 9348.

Your comments are considered public information under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and submissions will be published on our website following the consultation period. Your personal contact details will not be published, and you can request to have your name omitted from your published submission.

Please ensure you let us know if you’d like to speak at a submission hearing.

Submissions close at 5.00pm on 5 June 2024.

Next steps

Hearings are scheduled to be held on 25 June 2024.

If you have requested to speak at a hearing, a member of the governance team will be in contact to provide further details and arrange a convenient time.

Please note that all submissions have equal weight, whether you have chosen to speak at a hearing or not.

Our role

The development and enforcement of the Brothel Control Bylaw 2024 is undertaken by Council, however, regulation of brothels, including the registration of brothels, is done by the Ministry of Justice. Any legislation or commercial information regarding brothels is not held by Council.


Thank you to everyone who submitted on this bylaw. Submissions are now closed.

We’re taking formal submissions on the draft Brothel Control Bylaw 2024 | Kā Ture Whakahaere (draft bylaw).

Queenstown Lakes District Council’s (QLDC) Brothel Control Bylaw 2017 is now due for review. The current bylaw provides:

  • Boundaries for areas within which brothels may operate in Queenstown and Wānaka.
  • Requirements for brothel signage.
  • A requirement that brothels are not to be within 100 metres of each other.
  • A requirement that brothels are not to be located at or below ground level.

What we’re proposing

We’re proposing some amendments to the current bylaw, which include:

  • A new provision stating that the purpose of the bylaw is to:
    • support the purpose and intent of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003;
    • enable commercial sexual service providers to operate within the district in a manner that both meets community demand for services and addresses community concerns and sensitivities;
    • allow the establishment of brothels in areas where the effects associated with the operation can be readily controlled; and
    • control the establishment of signage associated with brothels to minimise community harm or offence.
  • Removal of the restriction that brothels may not be located at or below ground level, within the permitted activity areas.
  • Adding ‘District Plan’ to the definitions section and an explanatory note that the requirements in the bylaw are in addition to a brothel needing to meet requirements specified in the District Plan.
  • Increasing the size of the permitted activity areas slightly.
  • Refreshed activity area maps, to make them easier to read.

The full statement of proposal and draft bylaw can be read online (links in the documents section on the right hand side of this page) or a hard copy can be collected from any Council office, Library or Recreation Centre district-wide.

Options

The following options have been considered regarding how Council could proceed after it has undertaken the consultation process:

  • Option 1 – adopt the draft bylaw
  • Option 2 – adopt an amended bylaw
  • Option 3 – do not adopt a draft bylaw

How to have your say

Formal submissions on the draft Brothel Control Bylaw 2024 are now open and can be made in the following ways:

  • Online here: use the submission form below
  • By email: send an email of your submission to letstalk@qldc.govt.nz – subject line ‘Draft Brothel Control Bylaw 2024’
  • By post: pick up a hard copy submission form at any of our offices, libraries, or recreation centres. Once completed, this can be returned in person or mailed to 'Draft Brothel Control Bylaw Submission', Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Freepost 191078, Queenstown 9348.

Your comments are considered public information under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and submissions will be published on our website following the consultation period. Your personal contact details will not be published, and you can request to have your name omitted from your published submission.

Please ensure you let us know if you’d like to speak at a submission hearing.

Submissions close at 5.00pm on 5 June 2024.

Next steps

Hearings are scheduled to be held on 25 June 2024.

If you have requested to speak at a hearing, a member of the governance team will be in contact to provide further details and arrange a convenient time.

Please note that all submissions have equal weight, whether you have chosen to speak at a hearing or not.

Our role

The development and enforcement of the Brothel Control Bylaw 2024 is undertaken by Council, however, regulation of brothels, including the registration of brothels, is done by the Ministry of Justice. Any legislation or commercial information regarding brothels is not held by Council.


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