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

 

Better approach to decision making under RMA

Media release

10 August 2013

Better approach to decision making under RMA

Proposals released today to improve the Resource Management Act and its implementation are sensible, says BusinessNZ.

Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says the proposals address many of the problems with the Act that are holding back development, restricting new housing, and making New Zealanders poorer.

“The proposed reforms show public concerns have been listened to,” Mr O’Reilly said.

He said there would be widespread support for provisions that will make a difference to average New Zealanders –

· More transparency around consenting;

· Requiring councils to ensure that restrictions placed on the use of private land are reasonable;

· Requiring councils to ensure there is adequate land supply to provide for at least 10 years of projected growth in their areas;

· Fast-track processes for simple consent applications;

· Exemptions from the need for a consent where the effects on the environment and people of a proposed project would be so minor as to be effectively indistinguishable from projects allowed without a consent;

· Requiring councils to be clearer about the reasons why particular consents are required and the particular effects on the environment of proposed projects;

· A reversal of the presumption that subdivision is restricted unless expressly permitted in a plan – so that a subdivision can be undertaken unless it contravenes a national environment standard, or a rule in a plan or proposed plan;

· More ability to object to consenting decisions without having to appeal to the Environment Court;

· Requiring councils to monitor how they are delivering their functions and duties under the RMA, including timeliness, cost, user satisfaction and performance against environmental and economic indicators;

· More clarity around the role of central government in cases where councils fail to adequately deliver on priorities.

“These planning changes will make a great difference to the average New Zealander seeking to own or develop a home or business, while at the same time continuing to safeguard our shared physical environment.

“But such changes don’t fully address the Act’s unnecessary regulation of private rights in the name of the public interest. The Act requires a clearer commitment to the protection of property rights. There should be provision for compensation if people are restricted from developing their own land where there is no harm to others or to the environment.

“I hope there will be significant public discussion of these and other proposed changes during the period when they are integrated into legislation later this year,” Mr O’Reilly said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How America’s Middle East Allies Are Poisoning The Ground Joe Biden Will Inherit

As even the US mainstream media has been reporting, the prime motive for the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (by Israeli or Saudi operatives, or both) has been to poison the situation that the next US president will inherit. At best, there was only an outside chance that the incoming Biden administration and the outgoing liberal regime of Iranian PM Hassan Rouhani could have revived the Iran anti-nuclear deal that Rouhani had negotiated in 2015 with Barack Obama. Deliberately though, America’s allies have now made it impossible for Biden to pursue that option... More>>

 

WorkSafe: 13 Parties Charged Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy

WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges against 13 parties in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December last year. “22 people have lost their lives in this tragic event. WorkSafe is tasked with investigating workplace incidents to determine ... More>>

ALSO:

Pay Gap: Progress On Pay Equity For DHB Staff

Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels