Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


RMA improvements good news for commercial property industry

RMA improvements good news for commercial property industry

Property Council welcomes further Resource Management Act reforms to bring consenting times down to an acceptable level.

Yesterday, Prime Minister John Key and Minister for the Environment Nick Smith announced phase II RMA reforms, including reducing consenting delays for medium sized projects.

Property Council chief executive Connal Townsend said new industrial developments, subdivisions, retail development and regional infrastructure were often stymied because of red tape and delays.

“Our members have consistently reported their sheer frustration in consenting delays that are enormously costly and that stifle progress.

“Property Council has long advocated for reform to unlock business growth and employment. The commercial property industry is a significant growth-enabler contributing heavily to the national economy.”

The government also plans to review the criteria for what is recognised and provided for under the RMA, to better manage urban environments.

“A key recommendation from the Urban Technical Advisory Group last year, which was formed to advise the Minister on phase II RMA reform, was to recognise the built and urban environment within the RMA rather than focusing solely on the natural and biophysical environment.

“We welcome changes that will give a quality urban environment statutory recognition and context, although the RMA needs to strike a balance between matters of national significance and the urban environment that may differ from one community to the next.”

Development contributions

Property Council argues RMA reform needs to go further on development contributions by immediately providing for merit-based appeals to the Environment Court of both development and reserve contributions.

Property Council has advocated for the legal application of contributions, along with the introduction of an appeal process. Previous High Court cases have resulted in local authorities using taxpayer funds to unsuccessfully defend their policies, including the well-known Neil Construction Limited and others against North Shore City Council in 2007.

Property Council also argues development contributions should be levied at the end of a development project, before code compliance is issued, or before a building can be occupied.

“We agreed with the findings of a technical discussion document, Building Competitive Cities, last year, which found that development contributions imposed long-run infrastructure costs upfront on the developer, rather than on the property user over the life of the infrastructure.”

Property Council New Zealand
Property Council is New Zealand’s commercial property voice. Property Council represents New Zealand's office, industrial, retail, property funds and multi unit residential property owners, investors and managers. Property Council’s branches throughout the country represent some of the largest commercial property portfolios in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, East Coast/Hawkes Bay and the South Island, the value of which exceeds $30 billion.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

RNZ Live Updates: Weather Mayhem Strands Tourists; Major Roads Closed

Hundreds of tourists are stranded on the West Coast, and on the other side of the South Island a flood-damaged bridge has closed State Highway 1, after a weekend of torrential rain.

The heavy rain battered much of the West Coast causing major slips on a 350 kilometre stretch of State Highway 6 between Hokitika and Haast, and most of the 970 tourists tourists trapped in Franz Josef might have to remain there until Friday.

Major roads are closed on both sides of the South Island. Timaru District remains in a state of emergency with road access north to Christchurch blocked with the two bridges crossing the Rangitata River closed. Hundred of tourists were left scrambling to find accommodation in the region. More>>


Single Use PVC And Polystyrene Out: Next Steps On Plastic Waste

The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. More>>


Faafoi Statement: Minister's Suspicious Immigration Texts

I have apologised to the Prime Minister and understand I have let her down in regards to my dealings with Jason Kerrison over an immigration matter concerning his family. More>>


NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>



Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>


Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>


Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>






InfoPages News Channels