RMA reform passes final hurdle


After a lengthy process spanning several years, the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has passed its final hurdle and will become law as soon as the Bill receives Royal Asset. The Bill introduces a number of changes to the Resource Management Act in the following key areas:

  • Alternative processes for developing plans and policy statements, including:
    • a collaborative planning process, involving the use of a "collaborative group" prior to notification
    • a streamlined planning process, to be determined by the Minister
  • Change to resource consent processes for certain types of activities, including:
    • removing the need for resource consent 
    • altered notification tests that may avoid public and/or limited notification 
    • reduced time limits for consent processing
    • removal of appeal rights
  • Increased national direction and iwi participation through:
    • the introduction of National Planning Standards that dictate the content and structure of local plans
    • broadening the scope of National Policy Statements
    • increased regulation making powers for the Minister
    • a formalised process for iwi participation agreements (Mana Whakahone a Rohe)

Further information and commentary on these changes will be provided shortly. If you have any questions about these changes or how they may affect you please contact any one of our team. 


 

Disclaimer: Please note that this is a brief summary for information purposes only and is not legal advice

Posted on Wednesday 12th April, 2017 at 02:21 pm