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More RMA madness over grass sign

Jacqui Dean MP
National Party Associate Environment/RMA Spokeswoman

15 June 2006

More RMA madness over grass sign

National Party Associate Environment spokeswoman Jacqui Dean says the latest example of “RMA madness” near Queenstown is more evidence that the legislation is in “dire need of reform”.

“For a property developer to find himself in breach of the RMA for mowing a sign into grass on land which he owns is just ridiculous. After waiting more than six months for a more conventional sign to be approved you can understand why frustration would set in.”

Mrs Dean is referring to property developer Dave Henderson, who the Queenstown Lakes District Council says is in breach of the Resource Management Act.

According to the council, because the sign is visible from a public place, and since it is in a rural general zone, it requires resource consent.

“This is bizarre. The council must show some restraint before it decides to prosecute.”

But Mrs Dean says the council is only enforcing rules that the Labour Government staunchly defends.

“Labour needs to get off the grass.

“It’s little wonder our power and roading systems are in such a shambles when this kind of RMA silliness is going on. Labour needs to face facts. The RMA is in desperate need of an overhaul,” says Mrs Dean.


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