Wanganui District Council is considering objecting to every application for a new off-licence in the district.
Councillors will discuss this course of action today during the six-weekly community and environment committee meeting.
Committee chairwoman Councillor Philippa Baker-Hogan said the Otara-Papatoetoe local board of Auckland Council recently voted to object to any new applications for off-licences in its area because of liquor-related problems.
"Because of the concerns that have been raised about the number of off-licences in the Wanganui District, I am asking the council to discuss whether we should object to all applications for new off-licences and whether the council should be advised of any applications for renewals of off-licences.
"With 24 off-licence outlets for a population of 43,000 people in the Wanganui District, against 42 off-licence outlets for a population of 80,000 in Otara-Papatoetoe, it is difficult to argue our issue is of any less concern," Ms Baker-Hogan said.
She said the Alcohol Reform Bill which is currently going through Parliament aims to give "communities the ability to set local liquor policy controls, and allowing them to make decisions based on any particular concerns within their own areas".
"I believe there is a need for communities to have a greater say in alcohol-related issues that affect their area and these changes in legislation are paving the way for that to happen, although not fast enough or strongly enough as far as affected communities like ours are concerned."
Today's meeting will be chaired by Ms Baker-Hogan.
It begins at 2pm in the council chamber and is open to the public.