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Transforming the Resource Management System - Issues & Options Paper Released for Public Comment

Introduction The Government’s Review Panel, established to undertake a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) (and other legislation within the resource management system), has released an “Issues and Options Paper” (Transforming the resource management...

RMA Reform - Resource Management Amendment Bill 2019 - Open for Submissions

Introduction The latest step in the Labour-led Government’s resource management reform package has been presented to Parliament. The Resource Management Amendment Bill (the Bill), aimed at amending the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), was introduced to the House of Representatives on 23...

Proposed National Policy Statement - Urban Development

The government is currently consulting on the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD), which will replace the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 (2016 NPS-UD). The 2016 NPS-UD directs local authorities to provide sufficient development capacity...

Resource Management Act - Major Overhaul

An overhaul of the resource management system is being undertaken, intended to improve environmental outcomes and enable better urban development.  The primary focus of the review is the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), however its interaction and alignment with other legislation will...

Ministry for the Environment Proposal - Reducing Agricultural Emissions

In 2016, under the Paris Agreement, New Zealand committed to reduce emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. While the Zero Carbon Bill has now been introduced to Parliament, which aims to help achieve this target, every sector is required to make changes in order for New Zealand to meet this...

Waimakariri District Plan Review - Localised Natural Hazards

Waimakariri District Council is now seeking further feedback from the community on localised natural hazard issues. As part of the District Plan review the Council is updating the natural hazard maps and provisions including the objectives, policies and rules. Once these maps and provisions are...

Zero Carbon Amendment Bill

The following is an update, following on from our October 2018 article; “Submissions on Zero Carbon Bill Released”, regarding the submissions received from the public on the proposed Zero Carbon Bill.  Over 15,000 New Zealanders made submissions, with the majority showing their...

National Planning Standards Come into Force May 2019

Environment Minister David Parker has announced that the first set of National Planning Standards (NPS) will come into force on 3 May 2019. The NPS draft was released last year for public feedback. 201 submissions were received on the draft NPS. The NPS aim to reduce the variety and complexity of...

Waimakariri District Plan Review - Consultation Document Open for Feedback

The Waimakariri District Council  is currently undertaking the initial stages of the Waimakariri District Plan review. The reviewed District Plan will be formally notified in mid-2020 and at that stage members of the community will be able to make detailed submissions on all aspects of the...

Challenging a Non-Notification Decision - Proposed RMA Reforms to Ease the Way

Non-Notification of Resource Consent Applications Obtaining a resource consent is often criticised as a lengthy and expensive exercise. An important step in the process that can have a major impact on time and cost is the Council’s decision on whether or not the application should be...