Much awaited RMA changes tabled in Parliament

As expected, the Government has announced it intends to amend the RMA, and has signalled that further amendments are likely in early 2013. The Resource Management Amendment Bill 2012 had its first reading in Parliament on December 11 and looks to carry on from prior reforms.

Whilst early days, some of the changes proposed by the Government include:

  • New s32 analysis criteria- this analysis must be done by local councils when making decisions on planning instruments. The focus of the changes is on raising the prominence of economic growth and employment opportunities in the relevant region.
  • A process for the development of Auckland’s first Unitary Plan, including the process for appointment of the decision panel and the scope for appeals on any decisions.
  • A 6 month consenting timeframe for medium sized projects such as subdivisions, and business and industrial developments.

There will be change and further refinement of the amendments, and in addition, we can expect significant changes to the RMA in respect of a water management framework, as well as changes to Part 2 of the Act (Purpose and Principles), in 2013.

If you have any questions or concerns as to how these or future changes may affect you or your business, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team.

Posted on Wednesday 12th December, 2012 at 04:21 pm