New RMA Powers Will Lead To Discontent - ACT
New powers will lead to ratepayer discontent
government spokesman Owen Jennings says new powers given
to local authorities today are worrying.
authorities are just not responsible enough to manage
the new process of instant fines for breaches of the
Resource Management Act," Mr Jennings said.
have already been expressed about the way some local
authorities are managing their regulatory functions
under the Act, with complaints of unfairness,
intimidation and lack of due process. Giving local body
staff the power to impose instant fines of up to $1,000 in
an area where there is already a large measure of opposition
is just a recipe for more ratepayer discontent.
new powers would not be out of place in a police state.
The result of these new powers will simply be more
calls for changes to the Resource Management Act which
penalises law-abiding property owners," Mr Jennings
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