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 also be closely considered.

Draft terms of reference indicate that while the much of the RMA is considered to remain sound, the RMA is underperforming in the management of key environmental issues such as freshwater, and in delivering affordable housing and well-designed urban communities. Also, ecosystems and biodiversity are being degraded by poorly managed cumulative effects and there are doubts that the RMA can respond effectively to future challenges such as climate change.

The key deliverable of the review is an improved resource management system which is anticipated to involve the resolution of key environmental issues, the provision of an enhanced framework and a refinement of RMA functions.

The proposed comprehensive review will be undertaken by an “expert advisory group” (EAG), tasked with delivering the reform proposals for public consultation, including indicative legislative drafting of key provisions, in mid-2020.  

We will be watching this reform with keen interest and providing updates on our website as and when they arise.

Disclaimer: This is a brief summary for information purposes only and is not legal advice.

Posted on Tuesday 3rd September, 2019 at 12:14 pm